Italy VS Switzerland UEFA Euro LIVE Football Score 16 June 2021
The Azzurri were made to work for their opening win against Turkey, an own goal breaking the deadlock before Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne wrapped up an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory. That was Italy’s ninth victory in a row, all with a clean sheet, and they will be looking to make it ten for only the second time in their history – the first having come in qualifying – against a Swiss side who were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wales on Matchday 1 despite Breel Embolo’s opener. Switzerland have won only two of their 14 EURO finals games, although they have been beaten only once in their last 15 matches in the competition, qualifying included.
Italy have scored 28 goals and conceded none in their last nine matches, and there is obviously still great enthusiasm in the Azzurri camp. The Switzerland game may come too soon for Marco Verratti (knee) and Alessandro Florenzi (calf). Mancini may decide to rotate some players, with Francesco Acerbi and Federico Chiesa ready to step in, but Italy’s star man is the group, as Leonardo Bonucci put it, and the chance to seal qualification with a game to spare may be too tempting for the coach to take risks.
Juventus defender Merih Demiral was inadvertently responsible for breaking the deadlock with an own goal last Friday, before forwards Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne then wrapped up a comprehensive 3-0 victory – Italy’s ninth win in a row.
Each of those consecutive successes – several of which were against modest opposition – also saw them register a clean sheet. Against Switzerland, then, the four-times world champions will be looking to reach ten straight wins for only the second time in their long and glorious history – the first such streak having come during qualifying.
In fact, a measure of the mountainous Swiss task is that the Azzurri have not lost at all since September 2018 and have yet to concede a goal so far this year.
With that run representing La Nazionale’s last nine matches, the veteran defensive pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have been anchoring their rearguard with characteristic authority. While Mancini has been lauded for introducing fresh blood to the setup, Chiellini is now 36 and his club colleague Bonucci is 34 – and together they have accrued a combined 209 caps for the national side.
That bedrock has helped former Manchester City manager Mancini come out on top in more than two-thirds of his matches to date, as his new-look team have gone undefeated for 28 games and counting. During that time, Italy have married vast experience with youthful exuberance; making them contenders to end a half-century of European Championship hurt at Wembley next month.