Euro 2020: Ten-man Wales seal Group A second spot despite loss

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Italy 1-0 Wales

Ten-man Wales sealed second spot in Group A and a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020, despite losing 1-0 to a much-changed Italy in Rome.

Ethan Ampadu’s straight red card on 55 minutes had sparked fears Switzerland – who beat Turkey 3-1 – could come up with the goal difference swing they needed to send Wales into the uncertainty of a third-place qualifying spot.

But Rob Page’s side battled hard in the heat of the Italian capital to set up a knockout clash with the runners-up of Group B in Amsterdam at 5pm next Saturday.

Italy's Matteo Pessina celebrates after scoring against Wales
Image:Italy’s Matteo Pessina celebrates after scoring against Wales

Matteo Pessina had given Italy a deserved lead (39) and Federico Bernardeschi hit the woodwork with a free-kick just after half-time as Roberto Mancini’s team showed their strength in depth, although Gareth Bale should have claimed a famous draw for his side when he wastefully volleyed over late on.

Wales supporters will hope their captain – who missed a penalty in their last match – is sharper come next weekend, while Italy – who are now unbeaten in 30 games – look forward to facing the runners-up of Group C at Wembley later that day.

Player ratings

Italy: Donnarumma (6), Toloi (6), Bonucci (6), Bastoni (7), Emerson (6), Pessina (8), Jorginho (7), Verratti (8), Chiesa (7), Belotti (6), Bernardeschi (8).

Subs used: Acerbi (6), Raspadori (6), Cristante (6), Castrovilli (N/A), Sirigu (N/A)

Wales: Ward (8), Ampadu (4), Rodon (8), Gunter (7), C. Roberts (6), Allen (7), Morrell (6), N. Williams (6), Bale (6), Ramsey (6), James (6).

Subs used: Moore (7), Wilson (6), Brooks (N/A), Davies (N/A), Levitt (N/A)

Man of the match: Marco Verratti (Italy)