Italy beat Sweden to reach last 16

A late piece of individual skill from Eder gave Italy a 1-0 victory over Sweden in a disappointing Euro 2016 fixture at the Stadium Municipal on Friday.

  • Italy 1 Sweden 0
  • Easy save for Isaksson from Florenzi
  • Neither team look threatening 
  • Sweden start to tire
  • Eder scores from edge of area

Match Summary

Sweden were poor going forward against The Republic of Ireland in their opening fixture of the tournament and they showed no improvement in this lacklustre encounter against an Italian team that looked comfortable with settling for a draw.

Both teams could have been complemented for showing class in defence but doing so would be too generous, given the lack of skill and commitment on display by their respective forwards.

The Azzurri took advantage of a tiring Sweden defence to snatch a late goal via Eder, who finished well from outside the area after being given too much space.

The victory sends Italy through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Full Report

Sweden looked sharp in possession after kick-off, pressing forward with intent, possibly in an effort to make up for the fact that they did not mange a single shot on target against the Irish.

An early cross into the box looked destined for the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic,  but the excellent Giorgio Chiellini intercepted with a well-timed leap.

On 10 minutes, Alessandro Florenzi was on the receiving end of a neat pass on the edge of the area and was given enough time to switch feet and have a shot. It was on target but lacked the power to test Andreas Isaksson.

As the half continued, the pace dwindled and it seemed as if a tactical reshuffling would be necessary for the game to kick into life.

The half ended with a short period of pressure from the Swedes spending some time in the Italian penalty area but, disappointingly, they failed to create any chances.

Antonio Conte's side started the second half well, forcing three corners in quick succession, two of which found Sweden under a bit of defensive pressure.

Their intent was also illustrated when, on 65 minutes, all 11 Azzurri players retreated into their penalty area when Sweden were awarded a corner. After regaining possession, they failed to challenge the stretched opposition defence when a quick counter would have caused them some problems.

On 72 minutes, Ibrahimovic would have been extremely happy to see the offside flag after he wasted what was easily the easiest chance of the match. A low cross from Olsson missed its target and fell at his feet of the Sweden skipper, who somehow blasted the ball over the crossbar no less then two yards from an open goal.

In the 82nd minute, Emanuele Giaccherini's excellent cross to the far post found the head of Marco Parolo, who rattled the crossbar with a poorly-directed header.

With two minutes left in normal time, lethargic Swedish legs and an individual piece of skill from Eder resulted in a goal that few would have expected. 

Eder, who was almost entirely absent for the match, was allowed to run unchallenged along the penalty area and unleash a powerful shot which eluded Isaksson and found the back of the net.