August 1, 2021


Next Level Game Over

Euro 2020 results, news, scores, Wales vs Turkey, Italy vs Switzerland, goals, highlights, fixtures, Gareth Bale penalty


Italy became the first team to reach the last 16 at Euro 2020 as Manuel Locatelli scored twice before a late Ciro Immobile goal in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland in Rome.

Roberto Mancini’s side have six points after two games and will advance as Group A winners if they avoid defeat against second-placed Wales at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli scored twice, either side of half time, before Ciro Immobile wrapped up the points in the dying minutes to see Italy safely through.

Italy are the in-form team in the competition, with the win meaning they have now gone 10 consecutive games without conceding – nearly 1,000 minutes – and have scored 31 goals in that period.


Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts scored as Wales took a huge step towards reaching the last 16 at Euro 2020 with a 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku on Thursday morning.

Wales, semi-finalists five years ago, moved top of Group A before Italy host Switzerland later in the day in Rome.

Captain Gareth Bale missed a penalty before setting up Roberts for his goal during injury time.

“We’ve given ourselves a brilliant opportunity tonight,” Ramsey told the BBC. “It (the penalty) was a big moment in the game but we dug in, to a man we left everything out there. That’s what we’ve built our success on.”

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Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale starred for Wales. (Photo by TOLGA BOZOGLU / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP

Turkey are facing an uphill challenge to reach the knockout stage after losing their first two Group A matches without scoring.

“This seems to be a difficult qualification for us now,” Turkey coach Senol Gunes admitted.

“Tonight Wales had a good start but we’ve found our tempo and we’ve balanced the game after. We had many chances but couldn’t find the equaliser.”

A pro-Turkish crowd was expected due to the close links between Ankara and Baku, solidified by Turkey’s support of Azerbaijan in last year’s conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Every early Wales touch was welcomed with whistles from the 30,000 crowd, with up to 4,000 Turkish fans having travelled, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a very open first half an hour, both sides had very good chances to open the scoring including Turkey skipper Burak Yilmaz, whose effort was deflected out for a corner, and Wales’ Ramsey.

With opportunities at both ends as the two teams refused to sit back, the Crescent Stars had two efforts blocked by last-gasp defending on the 30-minute mark.

With two minutes of the half remaining the vocal ‘home’ support were stunned into silence by Ramsey’s opener.

Bale found Ramsey free in the box and the Juventus man chested the ball down before side-footing coolly past Ugurcan Cakir, making amends for missing two glorious earlier chances.

The game remained open going into the final 30 minutes and Ramsey was just stopped from adding a second as Cakir blocked with his foot, before Bale had an opportunity to seal the three points.

He charged into the box and was tripped by Zeki Celik but the one-time most expensive player in the world fired his penalty over the crossbar.

free header from a Hakan Calhanoglu corner was brilliantly saved by Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward.

A scuffle broke out in the Wales box at the start of injury time after a collision on the floor and Ben Davies, Chris Mepham and Yilmaz were shown yellow cards before Page’s men grabbed a second goal.

Bale powered into the box from a short corner, found Roberts and the Swansea right-back claimed his second international goal to send the 400 Wales fans into wild celebrations behind the goal.


In the first match of the day, Russia defeated neighbours Finland 1-0 in Saint Petersburg courtesy of Aleksei Miranchuk’s goal just before half-time to pick up their first points in Group B.

It blows open the section after Russia lost 3-0 to Belgium in their opening game at the weekend.

Finland had beaten Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen on Saturday, a game completely overshadowed by Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

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