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Italy 3-0 Switzerland LIVE! Locatelli, Immobile goals - Euros match stream, latest score updates today

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 6/16/2021 Tom Doyle
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LIVE – Updated at 22:23

Italy vs Switzerland LIVE!

Italy will be looking to book their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 when they take on Group A rivals Switzerland in Rome tonight.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but look a different prospect at the Euros - and already have one foot in the next round after beating Turkey in their opening game at the Stadio Olimpico.

That impressive win and performance have marked Roberto Mancini’s side out as potential contenders to win the European Championship for the first time since 1968.

Switzerland thought they were also on the way to a valuable first win in Baku on Saturday following Breel Embolo’s goal against Wales, only to be pegged back by Kieffer Moore’s header 16 minutes from time - and they need more points on the board this evening.

With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow the game on our LIVE Euros blog!

Italy vs Switzerland highlights

  • GOAL! Immobile, Italy 3-0
  • GOAL! Locatelli x2, Italy 2-0
  • GOAL! Locatelli, Italy 1-0
  • Chiellini goal ruled out, handball
  • Starting lineups
  • Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
  • Where to watch

Locatelli named man of the match

22:23 , Tom Doyle

Was there any other choice?

Full-time! Italy 3-0 Switzerland

21:53 , Tom Doyle

That’s the final whistle, and it’s another hugely impressive win for Italy as they secure their place in the last 16.

Mancini’s defence looks so, so tight, the midfield and forwards press exceptionally well, and there are goals all over the pitch.

It’s still early days, but are they contenders? You bet they are.

21:50 , Tom Doyle

Three minutes of injury time.

GOAL! Italy 3-0 Switzerland | Ciro Immobile, 88 mins

21:48 , Tom Doyle

Game, set and match!

Italy had the result wrapped up, but that’s the icing on the cake as a high press sees them win the ball back and Immobile beats Sommer with a dipping effort from 25 yards out.

The keeper should do better, but it hardly matter now.

21:45 , Tom Doyle

85 mins: Applause rings out for Locatelli as he’s subbed off - that’s the first time he’s ever scored twice for club or country... and what a time to do it!

21:35 , Tom Doyle

74 mins: Big chance for Immobile to wrap up the game as he bears down on goal on the left of the box, but he fires wide across the keeper.

Chance for Switzerland!

21:24 , Tom Doyle

63 mins: Best chance of the night for the Swiss as Zuber forces Donnarumma into two saves as his near post - that’s good, alert goalkeeping given he’s had so little to do.

GOAL! Italy 2-0 Switzerland | Locatelli, 51 mins

21:12 , Tom Doyle

LOCATELLI!

Another excellent Italy move as they beat the Swiss midfield press far too easily.

Locatelli is teed up 25 yards out, and he drills the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Excellent goal.

21:08 , Tom Doyle

First yellow card of the game as Gavranovic - on as a sub - catches Bonucci late on a clearance.

21:06 , Tom Doyle

Italy put themselves under real pressure here playing out a goal kick from the back.

For a second it looks like the Swiss will pinch possession in the Italy box, but the Azzurri calmly work the ball to the right and win a throw. Nicely done, but needlessly risky...

21:05 , Tom Doyle

We are back underway in Rome.

Half-time | Italy 1-0 Switzerland

20:50 , Tom Doyle

So far, so good for Italy, who are leading and don’t look like conceding.

It’s tough going for the Swiss, who are going to have to open up in the second half.

20:35 , Tom Doyle

33 mins: The Swiss can’t clear their lines, and the ball falls to Insigne on the left of the box - he tries to curl one over Sommer, but the ball is cleared by a defender. It didn’t look like it was going in, but he had to be sure.

GOAL! Italy 1-0 Switzerland | Locatelli, 25 mins

20:28 , Tom Doyle

This one will count!

It’s a great team move from Italy as Locatelli is first onto a loose ball in midfield and brilliantly swings it out wide to Berardi.

Berardi teases from the right and feeds the ball calmly across goal for the oncoming Locatelli to fire home from close range!

Chiellini off injured

20:26 , Tom Doyle

A real setback for Italy now as Chiellini kicks the ball out of play and points at his hamstring - his night is done.

He goes off for Acerbi. From thinking he’s scored the opener, to it being ruled out, to going off injured - it’s not been a good few minutes for Chiellini, has it?

NO GOAL - HANDBALL

20:21 , Tom Doyle

Disappointment for Chiellini and Italy as VAR rules the goal out for handball - replays show the ball clearly struck the Italy defender’s arm at the corner, so that’s a fair decision.

20:21 , Tom Doyle

There’s a VAR review for a potential handball by Chiellini...

GOAL! Italy 1-0 Switzerland | Giorgio Chiellini, 18 mins

20:20 , Tom Doyle

Italy lead!

Giorgio Chiellini goes up for an inswinging corner from the left, can’t get his head on it, but the ball falls kindly and he lashes home!

20:20 , Tom Doyle

Corner to Italy...

20:18 , Tom Doyle

16 mins: Switzerland have settled a little now, with Italy finding it more difficult to break them down.

This looks like it’ll be a game of few chances - so sorry about that...

20:11 , Tom Doyle

10 mins: Spinazzola gets away down the left and dinks a cross in from the byline - Immobile meets the ball with a header, but can only sent it over the bar.

20:10 , Tom Doyle

Some panic at the back here as the Swiss fail to clear their lines, but Italy can’t find the space or numbers to exploit the opening.

20:08 , Tom Doyle

5 mins: Solid start from Italy, who are using the ball confidently. The early signs are that the Azzurri could be potential contenders for the title.

It seems a little too much pressure to put on a team who didn’t even qualify for the last World Cup, but this Italian side has a mean defence, and seems well built for tournament football.

Kick-off!

20:02 , Tom Doyle

We are underway in Rome.

19:56 , Tom Doyle

Time for the national anthems.

19:55 , Tom Doyle

Here come the teams!

19:55 , Tom Doyle

The stage is set in Rome, with both sets of fans enjoying themselves in the stands - that’s always good to see.

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19:48 , Tom Doyle

The signs are ominous for the Swiss. Italy have never lost a tournament game in Rome, and have won their last nine games without conceding...

Group A as it stands

19:42 , Tom Doyle

So, Wales’ 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku sends them top of Group A after two games, but Italy will retake top spot with a win of any kind given their current goal difference.

Turkey are really up against it to claim one of those best third-place positions, but the Swiss could make things really interesting if they bag a result in Rome this evening...

19:05 , Tom Doyle

Italy have handed Giovanni Di Lorenzo a start in defence, but manager Roberto Mancini has otherwise kept faith with the side that thrashed Turkey on the opening day.

The Azzurri defeated Turkey 3-0 on Friday, but defender Alessandro Florenzi picked up an injury during the encounter and has been replaced by Napoli’s Di Lorenzo in a like-for-like swap.

Manuel Locatelli keeps his place in midfield with Marco Verratti still not ready to feature as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic has picked the same team that drew 1-1 with Wales on Saturday, with Breel Embolo leading the attack after scoring in a man-of-the-match performance in Baku.

Italy vs Switzerland subs

19:04 , Tom Doyle

Italy: Sirigu, Belotti, Pessina, Emerson Palmieri, Chiesa, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Raspadori, Bastoni, Toloi, Meret

Subs: Widmer, Zakaria, Vargas, Mvogo, Zuber, Sow, Fassnacht, Benito, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Kobel, Comert

Italy vs Switzerland lineups

18:56 , Tom Doyle

Italy XI: Donnarumma; Chiellini, Di Lorenzo, Spinazzola, Bonucci; Locatelli, Jorginho, Barella; Insigne, Berardi, Immobile

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Mbabu, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez, Schar; Freuler, Xhaka, Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic

Latest Italy team news

17:44 , Tom Doyle

Italy boss Roberto Mancini will surely want to keep changes to a minimum after such an impressive opening display against Turkey.

However, PSG full-back Alessandro Florenzi was replaced at half-time by Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Friday and subsequently diagnosed with an inflammatory muscle injury to the right calf.

Italy are increasingly optimistic star man Marco Verratti will be fit to play some part in the group stages — and the midfielder could be named on the bench against Switzerland tonight.

Verratti missed Italy's opener with a knee injury, but played 20 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Saturday and is back training.

"He is improving day by day," said Italy coach Roberto Mancini, ahead of tonight's game in Rome. "We will see if he will be able to be on the bench against Switzerland, but we are very optimistic about his condition."

Italy vs Switzerland predicted lineups

17:43 , Tom Doyle

Here is how we think the two teams will line up in Rome...

Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović

Italy vs Switzerland prediction

17:43 , Tom Doyle

Playing in front of their own fans once more, if Italy are as clinical and relentless as they were on opening night, then they will surely prove too strong for Switzerland.

Petkovic’s men will have been disappointed to let that lead against Wales slip late on and a likely loss here will leave them needing a result against Turkey in Baku on Sunday.

Italy 2-0 Switzerland

Where to watch tonight

17:42 , Tom Doyle

TV channel: The match will be televised live on ITV for free.

Live stream: UK viewers will also be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub.

Kick-off time and venue

17:42 , Tom Doyle

First things first... Italy vs Switzerland is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off this evening.

The match will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy - a boost for the Azzurri, obviously.

17:40 , Tom Doyle

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight’s Euro 2020 Group A clash between Italy and Switzerland!

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