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Euro 2020: Italy, Wales Book Second Round Place

Wales qualified for the Euro 2020 last 16 as runners-up of Group A despite a 1-0 loss to Italy on Sunday, while Switzerland must wait to see if they go through after beating Turkey 3-1, according to Reuters.

Matteo Pessina’s goal in Rome means Italy will play the runner-up from Group C in the next round, with Wales facing the team that comes second in Group B.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice in Baku for Switzerland, who could progress as one of the four best third-placed teams after finishing level with Wales on four points.

Italy are now unbeaten in 30 matches in all competitions (W25 D5) since losing against Portugal in September 2018, equalling the longest unbeaten run in their history, which was set between 1935 and 1939.

Wales have lost six of their seven competitive matches against Italy (W1), including all five that took place outside Wales.

Italy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 11 matches in all competitions, only going on a longer run once before in their history – 12 games without conceding between 1972 and 1974.

Despite losing today, Wales have now reached the knockout stages in all three of their appearances at major tournaments (1958 World Cup, EURO 2016 and EURO 2020).

Italy have kept a clean sheet in 22 of their 41 European Championship matches (54%), three more than any other side (Germany, 18).

Italy made eight changes to their starting XI for this match, their joint-most between games at a major tournament (Euros + World Cup).

Aged 20 years and 279 days, Wales’ Ethan Ampadu became the second-youngest player to be sent off in a European Championship match after John Heitinga (20 years 217 days) for the Netherlands vs Czech Republic in 2004, while Ampadu is the outright youngest to be shown a straight red.

Italy’s Marco Verratti led all players in this match for touches (136), passes completed (103), chances created (5) and tackles (4), as well as assisting the only goal of the game.

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