Stadio Olimpico in Rome was the place where Italy received a visit from Switzerland in the Euro 2020’s round 2. We got player ratings.
After beating Turkey 3-0, Italy had Switzerland next in one of the most difficult matches inside the Euro 2020’s Group A. This Italian side managed by Roberto Mancini made their claim as title contenders today with a brilliant performance. Every single line was exceptional against the disappointing Swiss side. Led by Locatelli in midfield with two goals, the Azzurri controlled the game from the first minute until the final whistle of the match.
Other key players for Italy were Berardi, Barella, Insigne, Bonucci, and even Chiellini. This balanced squad has a chance to become a true underdog in this tournament when it’s all said and done. Yesterday, we had France as the overwhelming favorite to win the title. But today, we can easily say Italy is arguably one of the top title contenders as well. Gianluigi Donnarumma also made some very important saves throughout the match in order to keep a clean sheet once again.
Immobile seals another brilliant performance.
In hindsight, Locatelli’s first-half goal wasn’t enough to describe how dominant this Italy side was against Switzerland. They truly didn’t allow a single ball to pass despite the efforts commanded by Xhaka, Shaqiri and the rest of the Swiss players. Locatelli got a second goal early in the second half that reflected the result a whole lot better but it still wasn’t enough.
Near the end of the 90 minutes, Ciro Immobile finished a brilliant counterattack that gave Italy the final 3-0 win and made them a serious title contender. We still have no idea how far they will get during the Euro 2020. But thus far, we are loving everything the Italians are showing to the rest of the world inside the pitch. What do you think? Is Italy truly a title contender at the Euro 2020?
Italy: Donnarumma (7), Bonucci (7), Chiellini (8), Spinazzola (7), Di Lorenzo (7), Locatelli (8), Jorginho (8), Barella (7), Insigne (8), Berardi (7), Immobile (7).
Bench: Acerbi (7), Chiesa (7), Toloi (6).
Switzerland: Sommer (5), Rodriguez (5), Schar (5), Mbabu (5), Elvedi (6), Akanji (5), Shaqiri (6), Xhaka (6), Freuler (6), Seferovic (5), Embolo (5).
Bench: Gavranovic (5), Zuber (5), Widmer (5), Vargas (5), Sow (5).
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