Italy booked the first qualifying cards for the Euro 2020 final, currently being held in 11 European cities, by achieving its second successive victory in Group A, and it came at the expense of Switzerland 3-0 on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Manuel Locatelli (26), (52) and Ciro Immobile (89) signed the Azzurri goals.
And the Italian team raised its score to 6 points in the lead, two points ahead of Wales, who also beat Turkey 2-0 (without points).
As for Switzerland, it ranked third with an orphan point.
Italy, which opened the continental competition with a big victory over Turkey, maintained its unbeaten record for the 29th match in a row.
Figures inspired by the match between Italy and Switzerland
● Italy has not lost in its last 58 official matches, and the last loss was in 1999 against Denmark in the Euro 2000 qualifiers in Naples (it has won 45 times and drawn on 13 occasions).
● Switzerland lost for the first time in the European Championship since its loss in the second round of Euro 2008, and this loss ended a streak that lasted 6 matches without losing (won twice and drew on 4 occasions).
● Italy have kept a clean sheet in the last 10 matches in all competitions, 965 minutes since Van de Beek’s goal last October. For the first time, it has kept a clean sheet in 10 matches since the period “November 1989-June 1990”.
● Switzerland has not won 9 matches against Italy in all competitions (4 draws and 5 losses) since its victory in Bern 1993.
● Italy have not lost in 29 matches in all competitions (24 wins and 5 draws), since losing the UEFA Nations League against Portugal 2018. They have played a longer streak only once (30 matches between November 1935 and July 1939).
● Switzerland lost by 3+ goals for the first time since losing 2-5 against France in the 2014 World Cup – their 76th meeting since that defeat.
● By winning 3-0 against Turkey and Switzerland, Italy is the second team to win the first two matches of the European Championship by 3+ after the Netherlands in 2008 (3-0 over Italy and 4-1 over France).
● Manuel Locatelli is the third player to score a double for Italy in the European Championship after Mario Balotelli against Germany 2012 and Pierluigi Casiraghi against Russia in 1996. With his two goals, Italy scored its 29th and 30th goal without conceding since Van de Beek scored against her goal in October 2020.
● Ciro Immobile became the first Italian player to score in the first two matches of a major tournament (Euro + World Cup) since Christian Vieri in the 2002 World Cup.
Match ends, Italy (3-0) Switzerland
89th minute: Ciro Immobile finally managed to beat Switzerland (3-0) after several attempts throughout the match. A goal with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area.
Consecutive modifications on the two teams’ formations without changing the result.
74th minute: Immobile is again the source of danger. Italy striker passed by the third goal!
73rd minute: Immobile is unique to the Swiss goalkeeper, but his shot went past Sumer’s goal.
Federico Chiesa and Rafael Toloi replace Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi in the Azzurri squad.
65th minute: Berardi almost scored the third for Italy, but his shot hit Sumer’s goal.
64th minute: Gianluigi Donnarumma appears and shines in front of Stephen Zuber.
Stephen Zuber and Sylvain Widmer replace Fabian Schar and Kevin Mbabo (58) in the Switzerland squad.
52nd minute: Locatelli shines again and doubles the score for Italy with a powerful shot at the borders of the Swiss penalty area, only goalkeeper Jan Sommer watches it. The goal came after a great counter-attack by Roberto Mancini’s men.
Switzerland “bring their teeth” right from the start of the second half by putting high pressure on the Azzurri defence.
A first change in the Swiss squad, with the entry of Mario Gavranovic instead of Haris Seferovic. Coach Vladimir Petkovic seeks to give a new impetus to his team’s attack!
beginning of the second half
End of the first half – Italy (1-0) Switzerland: A well-deserved progress for the Italian team, which dominated the length and breadth of the first period, which could have ended with a big result for the hosts. On the other hand, the Swiss team appeared lost and broken lines and was unable to react and even create danger in the areas of its opponent.
42nd minute: Swiss goalkeeper Jan Sommer bullies and prevents Immobile from scoring.
37th minute: A dangerous attempt by Leonardo Spinazola, in which he almost doubled the score for the owners of the land.
The percentage of possession of the ball falls in the category of Italy (52% compared to 48%).
26th minute: Manuel Locatelli succeeds in opening the scoring for the Italian national team (1-0) after Domenico Berardi’s incursion and a clever supply of the average of the Azzurri field, who managed to deal with the wonderful pass of his colleague and put the ball in the net.
A painful blow to Italy, with the injured Giorgio Chiellini leaving and replacing him with his colleague Francesco Acerbi!
19th minute: Giorgio Chiellini opens the scoring with a powerful shot inside the Swiss penalty area after a corner perfectly executed by his colleague Lorenzo Insigne, but the Russian referee Sergei Karasev canceled the goal by touching the ball by hand from the “Azzurri” defender.
The Italian national team is better spread on the field than its opponent and more motivated towards attack so far.
Minute 10: The first chance of the match for the Italian national team came from a strong header by top scorer Ciro Immobile over goalkeeper Jan Sommer. Leonardo Spinazola was behind the distinctive lift!
The Italian national team adopts a 4-3-3 plan, while its Swiss counterpart adopts a 3-4-3 plan.
– The period of feeling the pulse between the two teams
* Russian international referee Sergey Karasev will officiate the Italy-Switzerland summit.
* The Olympic Stadium in Rome will be the scene of the Italy-Switzerland summit.