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Italy v Switzerland Live Commentary, 6/16/21

FT
3 - 0
ITA
SUI
M. Locatelli (26)
M. Locatelli (52)
C. Immobile (89)
Stadio Olimpico

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye! 
That's now 10 wins in a row without conceding for Italy in a run of 29 without defeat in all competitions for Mancini's side. They're the first team to qualify for the knockout rounds and face Wales to see if they can finish top of the group. Switzerland stay third with one point but need to beat Turkey if they want to give themselves a chance of qualifying.
Italy are through to the last 16 of the Euros after a 3-0 win over Switzerland! Chiellini had a goal ruled out for handball just minutes before Locatelli opened the scoring with a close-range effort. He then doubled their lead in the second half, giving Sommer no chance of saving his low shot from outside the box. Immobile then wrapped it up late on, with the keeper unable to keep out his long-range strike despite getting both hands to it.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: ITALY 3-0 SWITZERLAND.
90' + 1' Italy aren't done just yet as we head into the first of three added minutes and Toloi threads it through for Immobile again. He tries to turn away from Akanji but is blocked off by the defender.
R. Tolói
Assist
Italy
89' Toloi didn't give Sow any time on the ball and his pressure paid off as he won it back to set up the goal.
C. Immobile
Goal
Italy
89' IMMOBILE SCORES! It's a mistake from Switzerland at the back as Toloi closes down Sow and he picks out Immobile. He turns and has a go from range, firing his shot towards the far bottom corner. Sommer gets his hands to it but couldn't stop it from crossing the line. 3-0 Italy! 
B. Cristante
N. Barella
Italy
87' Barella is also going off, with Cristante on for him.
M. Pessina
M. Locatelli
Italy
86' Italy are making a double change now and Locatelli went down with cramp so he's making way, with Pessina on to replace him.
85' Switzerland are pushing for a late goal here but their passing in the final third is still letting them down. Elvedi loses out to Chiesa and ends up fouling the substitute in his attempts to keep hold of the ball.
D. Sow
R. Freuler
Switzerland
84' Final change for Switzerland now as Sow is brought on in place of Freuler.
83' Switzerland work it well down their right side with Elvedi and Vargas linking up well as they move it upfield. The substitute swings a good cross into the middle, but none of his team-mates have made a run and Donnarumma collects it.
81' Xhaka goes long this time, spotting Vargas' run off the back of the defender and the substitute nods it down. There's no one up with him though and Italy clear their lines just as the offside flag goes up.
B. Embolo
Yellow Card
Switzerland
79' It was Embolo that caught Barella with the late challenge and he's booked for it.
78' Barella has stayed down holding his ankle and he looks to be in a lot of discomfort as the medical team come onto the field. He gingerly gets back to his feet and he'll be able to carry on.
R. Vargas
X. Shaqiri
Switzerland
76' Another change for Switzerland now and it's Shaqiri that's going off for Vargas.
75' CHIESA! It's another quick break from Italy as they intercept another Switzerland attack and Jorginho slots it through for Chiesa on the left. He cuts inside and drives into the box but ends up dragging his shot wide of the far post.
74' Italy have got everyone sitting back in their own half now as Switzerland enjoy a good spell of possession. Their passing into the final third is still letting them down though and this time, it's Freuler that gifts the ball back to the hosts.
72' Shaqiri latches onto the ball on the far side of the box and his first touch is great before he lifts it over Acerbi to get into space for a shot. He drills it down the middle and Bonucci throws himself in front of it to make the block.
R. Tolói
D. Berardi
Italy
70' Berardi is also making way, with Toloi on in his place.
F. Chiesa
L. Insigne
Italy
69' Double change for Italy now and Insigne is the first to make way, with Chiesa on to replace him.
68' Switzerland are still pressing Italy high upfield, but they're not doing much with the ball when they win it back. Zuber nicks it off Barella and tries to start a counter-attack down the left, but can't get past Di Lorenzo.
66' Italy break quickly upfield after that chance for Switzerland and Jorginho plays another great throughball down the middle. He picks out Berardi just inside the box, but he fires his first-time shot wide of the near post.
64' DOUBLE SAVE! Zuber gets the better of Di Lorenzo down the left and drills a low shot at the near post which Donnarumma smothers. The ball comes back to Zuber though and he pulls it back from the byline, with the keeper getting a strong hand to it to take it away from Embolo.
63' It's patient play again from Switzerland now as they try to open up some space in behind Italy. They're knocking it from left to right before Widmer swings in a cross, but it's blocked by Acerbi.
61' CHANCE! Shaqiri manages to pull away from Jorginho in midfield and opens up some space through the middle for a shot. He slices at it in the end though and fires it well wide of the near post.
60' Locatelli is the third Italian to score a brace at the Euros after Mario Balotelli against Germany in 2012 and Pierluigi Casiraghi against Russia in 1996.
S. Widmer
K. Mbabu
Switzerland
58' Mbabu is also being taken off, with Widmer on to replace him.
S. Zuber
F. Schär
Switzerland
57' Switzerland are making a double change here and Schar is the first to make way for Zuber.
56' Barella's heavy touch gifts the ball to Shaqiri and it looks like Switzerland have a rare chance to break forward. Italy crowd players back quickly though and he ends up running straight into Jorginho.
54' Switzerland are struggling to cope with the Italy pressure again here as they're forced deeper in their own half. Spinazzola looks like he's away down the left again, but this time, he can't find a way past Mbabu.
N. Barella
Assist
Italy
52' Italy's pressure pays off and Barella comes away with it on the right. He travels a long way with it and does well to spot Locatelli in a pocket of space.
M. Locatelli
Goal
Italy
52' LOCATELLI SCORES AGAIN! And it's a great goal! Italy win the ball back high upfield and Barella squares it to Locatelli just outside the box. He has time to take a touch before drilling his shot across goal into the far bottom corner. Sommer is rooted to the spot and he can't get close to it. 2-0 Italy! 
51' It's a great ball out to the right by Immobile and Berardi is onside as he drives down the wing. He cuts inside before trying to square it into the box for Insigne, but it's cut out by Akanji.
M. Gavranović
Yellow Card
Switzerland
49' Gavranovic has picked up the first yellow card of the game after he caught Bonucci with a follow-through as he tried to intercept hsi pass.
48' Switzerland have made a bright start to the second half and have already seen a couple of efforts blocked. They're keeping the pressure on here, but Gavranovic's cross from the right is overhit and bounces out on the far side.
46' Italy get us back underway for the second half! 
M. Gavranović
H. Seferović
Switzerland
46' Switzerland are making a change at the break and it's Seferovic that's making way for Gavranovic.
As things stand, Italy will become the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. They've looked dangerous every time they've gone forward and Switzerland haven't been able to deal with them. Petkovic could do with making a change at the break because the visitors struggled throughout the first half to deal with Italy's threat.
Locatelli's goal gives Italy a 1-0 lead at half-time. The hosts were in control from the first whistle and thought they'd taken the lead through Chiellini, but his close-range effort was ruled out for a handball in the build-up. Locatelli did break the deadlock just minutes later, starting the move on the halfway line before following in to slot it past Sommer in the six-yard box.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: ITALY 1-0 SWITZERLAND.
45' + 2' Schar's pass is blocked by Jorginho and it rebounds kindly into Insigne. He turns on the counter and it's three on three as he drives into the box. It's a poor cross at the end of it though as he gives it straight to Elvedi in the middle.
45' At 23 years and 159 days old, Locatelli is the youngest goalscorer at Euro 2020 and the youngest for Italy in the Euros since June 2012 - Mario Balotelli (21 years and 321 days).
43' Mbabu is put under pressure by Spinazzola so he plays a hopeful pass out to Rodriguez on the left. He picks out the wing-back and he takes it around Di Lorenzo before knocking it out of play with a heavy touch.
41' Switzerland are being penned back so deep in their own half, but they just can't get close to Italy. Insigne plays a great throughball into the box for Locatelli, but his cross is pushed away well by Sommer.
39' It's patient play from Switzerland again as they try to pass it in behind Italy. Xhaka finds himself in space on the left, so tries to lay it off to Rodriguez, but can only pick out Barella.
37' WIDE! Spinazzola is allowed to travel a long with the ball again and Schar just continues to drop back and give him space. He tries to flick it across goal into the far post, but it's always rolling wide of the target.
36' Freuler does well to get out of a tight spot on the right by slipping in Shaqiri and he switches it out to Rodriguez in space on the left. He cuts inside before squaring it into the middle, but it's blocked by Di Lorenzo.
34' CHANCE! Insigne curls a great ball through to Immobile with the outside of his boot and the forward takes it around Schar before a heavy touch allows Sommer to push it away. He gives it to Insigne, but his looping effort is headed away by Mbabu.
32' Berardi has been involved in five goals in his last six appearances for Italy (four goals, one assist).
30' Bonucci gets his head up and decides to go long again when he spots Immobile making another run off the back of Schar through the middle. It's well overhit though and bounces harmlessly out of play.
28' Switzerland are trying to quickly get themselves back into this game and Seferovic turns before squaring the ball to Rodriguez. He decides to have a go from distance when he spots Donnarumma off his line, but it sails high over the bar.
D. Berardi
Assist
Italy
26' Berardi cuts inside from the right and Akanji keeps backing away and letting him get into the box. He pulls the cross back from the byline to set up Locatelli for the goal.
M. Locatelli
Goal
Italy
26' ITALY LEAD! It's a wonderful move from Italy which is started by Locatelli out to Berardi on the right. The midfielder continued his run to the edge of the six-yard box to get on the end of the cross into the middle and he slots it past Sommer before the goalkeeper even realises he's there. 1-0 Italy! 
F. Acerbi
G. Chiellini
Italy
24' Chiellini pulled up holding his hamstring and he's signalled straight to the bench that he needs to go off. He hands the armband to Bonucci before being replaced by Acerbi.
22' Switzerland just can't get on the ball at the moment as Jorginho intervenes and wins it back again. He threads it through for Berardi ahead of him on the right, but he can't find a way past Rodriguez.
20' NO GOAL! VAR has a look at the replay of the goal and the ball actually struck Chiellini's arm when he brought it down. It's a handball in the direct build-up to the goal, so it won't count. Still 0-0!
19' CHIELLINI SCORES! Insigne swings the corner in and Chiellini jumps between two Swiss players to reach it. He nods it down and takes advantage of the confusion in the box to poke the ball past Sommer from close range, but VAR is having a look at this one...
18' Italy are moving the ball upfield quickly when they win it back and are causing Switzerland all sorts of problems. Spinazzola gets away from Mbabu down the left again, but his cross is then blocked by Elvedi for a corner.
16' Insigne tries to play Immobile in on goal, but Schar's block ends up coming straight back to him. He decides to go for goal this time, but it's a wild effort from him that flies high and wide of the far post.
14' Switzerland have nearly all of their players sitting deep in their own box as Italy push forward. Spinazzola tries to skip away from Mbabu, but the defender stays with him all the way and slides in to block the cross.
12' It's a poor pass out from the back by Sommer and he gifts the ball straight to Barella. He's allowed to carry it to the edge of the area, but Akanji gets ahead of Insigne to block the pass.
10' CHANCE! Locatelli threads a good pass into Spinazzola, who spins away from Elvedi to float a dangerous cross towards the penalty spot. Immobile rises to meet it and thumps his header towards goal, but it flies over the crossbar.
8' It's better from Italy now as Spinazzola nicks the ball back on the edge of his own box and drives forward down the left for the hosts. He knocks it forward for Locatelli, but Embolo tracks back to make an important interception.
6' Locatelli spots Immobile making a run off the back of Elvedi, so lifts a good pass over the top to him. The forward looks like he's in on goal at the far post, but Xhaka recovers well to head it back to Sommer.
4' Switzerland are still dominating the ball here but aren't getting as high up the field at the moment. Schar has Seferovic making a run through the middle ahead of him but ends up fouling Immobile before he can pick out a pass.
2' Switzerland have made a bright start to the game and are pushing Italy back early on here. Seferovic touches it out to Xhaka on the left, but he drills his low cross straight against Di Lorenzo.
1' Shaqiri gets the game underway for Switzerland! 
The teams are out on the pitch, the national anthems have been sung, and kick-off is just moments away!
Italy have lost just one of their 24 games against Switzerland on home soil (W18 D5), which was a friendly in October 1982 at the Olimpico which ended 1-0.
Vladimir Petkovic was clearly impressed with his team's performance against Wales last time out as he names an unchanged line-up for today's game.
Roberto Mancini makes just one change to the side that beat Turkey and it's an enforced one. Alessandro Florenzi limped off with a calf injury in that game which rules him out today and Di Lorenzo comes in for him.
SWITZERLAND SUBS: Gregor Kobel, Loris Benito, Admir Mehmedi, Denis Zakaria, Silvan Widmer, Djibril Sow, Ruben Vargas, Eray Comert, Christian Fassnacht, Yvon Mvogo, Mario Gavranovic, Steven Zuber.
SWITZERLAND STARTING XI (3-4-1-2): Yann Sommer; Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji; Kevin Mbabu, Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez; Xherdan Shaqiri; Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo.
ITALY SUBS: Emerson, Federico Chiesa, Rafael Toloi, Matteo Pessina, Bryan Cristante, Andrea Belotti, Francesco Acerbi, Federico Bernardeschi, Salvatore Sirigu, Alessandro Bastoni, Giacomo Raspadori, Alex Meret.
ITALY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli; Domenico Berardi, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.
Italy got off to a winning start on Friday as they cruised past Turkey with a 3-0 victory on the opening day and a win today would see them be the first team to qualify for the last 16. They've won their last nine in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in all of those games, and haven't lost a match since September 2018. Switzerland drew 1-1 with Wales in their opening match, but are unbeaten in their last nine in all competitions before today (W6 D3).
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