Euro 2020:
Italy 3-0 Switzerland, Locatelli stars as Azzurri win

Italy booked their place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 with a group game to spare as Manuel Locatelli scored twice in a comfortable 3-0 win over Switzerland in Rome on Wednesday.

Iran PressEurope: In a high-tempo opening, the Swiss were soon on the back foot. Giorgio Chiellini thought he had hit the opener after 19 minutes – however, the captain's stabbed finish was subsequently chalked off for a handball, and he soon had to leave the pitch through injury.

On 26th minute, Manuel Locatelli did break the deadlock. Starting the move, the midfielder's laser-guided pass found Domenico Berardi, who burned down the right, drawing out the Swiss defense, before fizzing the ball into the chasing Locatelli's stride to fire home.

Shortly after the restart, he struck again. This time, the Sassuolo man drilled low into the bottom corner from outside the area, leaving Yann Sommer rooted to the spot – the first time he has scored twice in a match for club or country.

Despite a quiet night in the Italian goal, Gianluigi Donnarumma was alert to keep out Steven Zuber's flashed effort, in the best chance of the match for Vladimir Petković's side. Doubling his competition tally, Ciro Immobile then broke free late on to cap a commanding performance and seal the Azzurri's place in the last 16.

UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across 11 host cities from 11 June 2021, but both semi-finals and the final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London.


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