ROME, Italy (AP):
Italy’s reserves actually do play in addition to their starters. Or simply about.
Roberto Mancini has been saying for weeks that each one 26 members of his squad are starters. And after beating Wales 1-0 yesterday, regardless of making eight adjustments to his beginning line-up on the European Championship, it’s onerous to argue with him.
“It’s necessary that the identification of the crew stays the identical, as altering three or 4 gamers shouldn’t make any distinction. All of them know what to do and the tip product doesn’t change,” Mancini mentioned.
“All of them proved right this moment that everybody here’s a first-choice participant,” the coach added. “Profitable wasn’t even needed, which made it tough when it comes to mentality, however we fought for the win anyway and that reveals a lot.”
The victory prolonged Italy’s unbeaten streak to 30 matches — matching a crew report.
Matteo Pessina gave Italy the lead late within the first half by redirecting a free kick from Marco Verratti on a textbook play.
Wales defender Ethan Ampadu was despatched off with a questionable straight purple card for stepping on Federico Bernardeschi 10 minutes into the second half.
ADVANCE WITH PERFECT NINE POINTS
Italy, who gained their opening two matches 3-0, completed Group A with an ideal 9 factors. Wales got here second with 4 factors and certified for the final 16 at solely their second European Championship. The Welsh reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016.
“Our focus right this moment was, so long as we qualify we’re pleased,” Wales defender Neco Williams mentioned. “Within the altering room it appears like we gained the sport.”
Switzerland ended up third within the group, additionally with 4 factors, after beating Turkey 3-1 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chasing solely their second European title, Italy will play the second-place crew from Group C at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday. Wales will play the second-place crew from Group B in Amsterdam.
The victory additionally marked Italy’s eleventh straight win and clear sheet.
The Azzurri first gained 30 straight underneath teaching nice Vittorio Pozzo from 1935-39 with a crew that gained its second consecutive World Cup.
It’s been a exceptional turnaround for this Italy squad, which didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup.