Eder goal ignored because he is not Messi or Ronaldo – Parolo

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The Italy midfielder believes the Argentina and Portugal superstars would have received huge fanfare if they had scored the same strike his team-mate did against Sweden

Italy forward Eder has not received the credit he deserves for his winning goal against Sweden because he does not have the profile of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, team-mate Marco Parolo believes.

Eder ghosted past several Sweden defenders before finding the bottom corner to hand Antonio Conte's men a 1-0 win in Toulouse and entry into the Euro 2016 knockout stages with a match to spare.

But Parolo insists the Inter marksman hasn't received enough plaudits for his superb strike.

"If Eder's goal had been scored by Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, people would have said it was the goal of the competition," he said.

Parolo, though, is happy that Italy do not have any standout individuals, with their teamwork proving crucial to a start that has seen them keep consecutive clean sheets.

The 31-year-old added: "Everyone has to bring what they have got to the team and that creates a mix of talents.

"It is better for this team to be identified in many players and not just one or two. We have to push forward with pride.

"We want to continue on our current path, in the shadows, taking it one game at a time. Wherever we end up, it will be because we gave everything we had.

"The team spirit here is incredible – we give our heart and soul."

Many of the major nations are yet to hit top form in France, but Parolo believes that is due to impressive opposition, rather than the traditional heavyweights failing to perform.

"That is not because they are not playing well, but rather the average level of the smaller sides has increased," he said. "When we study the scout reporting, we see everyone has players in the best clubs.

"Everyone knows how to read and prepare for the game now, so there is a lot more tactics than physicality in these Euros. We are fired up and in a situation where we can do well."

Italy round off their group-stage campaign against Republic of Ireland in Lille next Wednesday.