Italy 1-0 Sweden: 5 talking points
Italy became the second team after hosts France to advance into the next phase of the UEFA Euro 2016, as Eder’s brilliant solo goal in the 88th minute broke the Swedish deadlock in Toulouse as Italy went on to win the match 1-0.
Here are the 5 talking points of the game:
#1 A lacklustre first half
The first half belonged to no team in particular. Unlike general predictions, it was the Swedish who had more of the possession, moving the ball well and creating chances through their wingers. Kim Kallstrom was also bright in midfield.
Italy – on the other hand – were not up to scratch as they were in the impressive 2-0 victory over Belgium in the first game. Their defence was solid – playing a high line and catching the Swedes offside on a few occasions.
Neither goalkeeper, however, was forced to make a meaningful save in the opening 45 minutes. They kept themselves busy just by catching crosses coming from the wide areas. It was a scratchy first half, both teams determined not to give away the early goal.