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Follow live coverage as Italy and Wales kick off the final round of group-stage matches at Euro 2020 in Rome.
Roberto Mancini’s side have been nothing short of excellent so far, perhaps the most complete and consistent nation of the group phase, having taken two wins from two in style. They first off beat Turkey on a spectacular opening night, before then seeing off Switzerland with arguably even more conviction by the same 3-0 scoreline. Mancini has opted to rotate the team for this game, as Italy are already qualified for the last 16 and even a draw seals top spot. Marco Verratti, Federico Chiesa and Andrea Belotti are among those who feature outside of the regular 11 so far.
As for Wales, a somewhat fortuitous point against Switzerland now looks utterly crucial, as the ensuing richly deserved win over Turkey leaves the Dragons with one foot in the last 16 themselves. A draw here guarantees second, a win puts Rob Page’s team top of the group – but even defeat should prove inconsequential with four points likely to be enough to see Wales through – as long as the goal difference isn’t hit too hard in this fixture.
Gareth Bale rediscovering his form will be crucial to their knock-out hopes, though Page has also looked to protect one or two starting players who were on yellow cards. The Welsh bench will also likely be keeping an eye on the score of the game’s other group, Switzerland against Turkey, which is being played at the same time. Follow all the team news and match updates from Italy vs Wales right here.
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