Route to the quarter-final - Italy.

Group A consisted of Italy, Wales, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Matchday - one



First up for the Italians was Turkey, who many people had picked as their dark horse for the tournament. After a dull first half, Italy finally woke up and started playing some of the fluid attacking football that has helped them become one of the most feared teams in world football.


Italy broke the deadlock after a 53rd-minute own goal from Merih Demiral, which opened the flood gates. The dominant Italians got their second goal of the game, with Ciro Immobile scoring his first in the 66th-minute. Lorenzo Insigne finished the scoring for Gli Azzurri in the 79th minute with a beautiful curling finish into the far corner of the goal, leaving Uğurcan Çakır helpless.

After a dominant second-half performance, Italy got the perfect start they were after.

Matchday - Two




In their second game of the tournament, Italy faced a tough Switzerland side who dropped points in their opening match against a resolute Wales team.

This game didn't take as long to come to life after Manuel Locatelli opened the scoring after just 26 minutes, following a beautiful run from Domenico Berardi then cutting the ball back for a simple finish by the 23-year old. Italy doubled their lead in the 52nd-minute thanks to Locatellis' second goal of the game.

Ciro Immobile finished the scoring in the 89th-minute with a sumptuous strike from outside of the area putting Italy in pole position group A.



Matchday - three



Last up for Italy was a home game against Wales.


In one of the more one-sided matches, you're likely to see at the euros this year, Italy dominated from kickoff, allowing Wales just one shot on target in 90 minutes. The winning goal came from Matteo Pessina in the 39th minute, and aside from the red card for Ethan Ampadu, the rest of the game was relatively uneventful. The red card for Ethan Ampadu had little effect on the game as Italy dominated throughout.

With this win, Italy topped group A and qualified as many peoples' favourite for the tournament.

Matchday - four

Round of 16 - Italy vs Austria.





The first experience of knock out football for Gli Azzurri was tougher than anyone could imagine.


The game lacked quality, aside from Italy hitting the woodwork and Austria's Marko Arnautovic goal being ruled out by VAR.


The game didn't kick into action until extra time where both teams realised they had to score to win the game (Who'd of thought that, eh?). A frustrated Federico Chiesa rightfully annoyed not to have started, made an almost immediate impact by scoring in the 95th minute.


Ten minutes later, Matteo Pessina got his second goal in consecutive games to give Italy a safety cushion, this sparked one final push from the Austrians who got a goal back six minutes before full-time.


After a hectic final few minutes, the final whistle blew, and the Italians could breathe a sigh of relief.

What's next?



They will now face Belgium in Munich on 2nd July at 8 pm (BST).


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