Matteo Pessina scored a goal. The Italian team beat 10-man Wales 1-0 in the 2020 European Cup, taking first place in Group A on Sunday, with both teams promoted to the top 16 and notching three victories. Persina’s goal means Italy will be Group C runners-up in the next round, and Wales will face the second team from Group B.
In their 35th match with the Azzurri that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Roberto Mancini’s team also tied Italy’s 80-year-old record. Italy extended their undefeated record to 30 matches (25 wins and 5 draws). The last time they succeeded under the leadership of coach Vittorio Pozzo, two-time world champion, was between 1935 and 1939. These are also Italy’s 11 consecutive victories without conceding a goal. Italy has already booked tickets for the knockout matches and there is one more match.
Italy will play Ukraine or Austria at Wembley on June 26 for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Wales, semi-finalists in 2016, suffered in a game they played a man down for most of the second half after Ethan Ampadu was sent off for a foul on Federico Bernardeschi.