Italy v Wales, 20 June 2021

Score1-0 to Italy
RefereeOvidiu Haţegan
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Group A
VenueStadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance11,541
Kick-off: 6.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Attendance limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Assistant referees: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU) and Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU) Fourth official: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR) Video Assistant Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) This was match no. 26 of the pan-Europe Euro 2020 tournament (final group game). The only previous meeting in Rome was a FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stadio Olimpico in November 1969. Italy’s 4-1 win featured a hat-trick by Luigi Riva. Mike England scored the goal for Wales.

1  Italy

Manager: Roberto Mancini

0  Wales

Manager: Rob Page

Goals:

Matteo Pessina 39 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Defender Leonardo Bonucci (captain)
Defender Emerson
Defender Rafael Tolói
Midfielder Jorginho
Midfielder Matteo Pessina
Midfielder Marco Verratti
Midfielder/Forward Federico Bernardeschi
Forward Andrea Belotti
Forward Federico Chiesa

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Danny Ward
Defender Chris Gunter
Defender Joe Rodon
Defender Neco Williams
Defender/Midfielder Ethan Ampadu
Defender/Midfielder Connor Roberts
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Gareth Bale (captain)
Midfielder Joe Allen
Midfielder Joe Morrell
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder/Forward Daniel James

Substitutions:

Francesco Acerbi for Leonardo Bonucci 46
Giacomo Raspadori for Federico Bernardeschi 75
Bryan Cristante for Jorginho 75
Gaetano Castrovilli for Matteo Pessina 87
Salvatore Sirigu for Gianluigi Donnarumma 89

Substitutions:

Kieffer Moore for Joe Morrell 60
Harry Wilson for Daniel James 74
David Brooks for Gareth Bale 86
Ben Davies for Neco Williams 86
Dylan Levitt for Joe Allen 86

Cards:

Matteo Pessina 79 Y

Cards:

Joe Allen 51 Y
Ethan Ampadu 55 R
Chris Gunter 79 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Alex Meret
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
Defender Francesco Acerbi
Defender/Midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola
Midfielder Nicolò Barella
Midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli
Midfielder Bryan Cristante
Midfielder Manuel Locatelli
Forward Ciro Immobile
Forward Lorenzo Insigne

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Adam Davies
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey
Defender Tom Lockyer
Defender Chris Mepham
Defender/Midfielder Ben Davies
Midfielder David Brooks
Midfielder Dylan Levitt
Midfielder Jonny Williams
Midfielder Harry Wilson
Forward Kieffer Moore
Forward Tyler Roberts

Comments:

Group A winners Italy became the first team to win all three of their group games at a UEFA European Championship finals without conceding a goal. Italy were now unbeaten in their last 30 games to equal their all-time record of consecutive games without defeat (also from 1935 to 1939 under manager Vittorio Pozzo). The Azzurri remained unbeaten in the 13 games they had played in major tournaments in Rome (won 11).

Comments:

Although finishing level on four points with Switzerland, Wales finished in second place in Group A due to a superior goal difference. They retained their record of advancing out of the group stage in all three of their appearances at a major tournaments; also at the FIFA World Cup in 1958 and Euro 2016. They had now lost two of their last 16 competitive (non-friendly) games. Aged 20 years and 279 days, Ethan Ampadu became the youngest-ever player to be shown a straight red card in a game at the UEFA European Championship finals.