UEFA Euro 2020: Russia, Wales, Italy among winners on Matchday 7
The 2020 UEFA Euro has got done with its Matchday 7 commitments, with the second matches of the group stages underway. Three games were held on Wednesday again as Russia, Wales and Italy emerged winners. Here's a look.
The excitement continues to escalate as the UEFA Euro 2020 group stage is getting deeper. On Wednesday, three matches were held on Matchday 7 that produced a result, with hardly any upsets. With Russia, Wales and Italy emerging winners, we present the round-up from Wednesday.
Russia edges past Finland
It was expected to be an easy clash for Russia, but it became an intense game against Finland at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium. While the opening half turned out to be hard, with six promising attacks, Aleksey Miranchuk scored at the stroke of half-time to give Our Guys the lead. The second half, too, was no less powerful, as nine attacks were produced. Finally, however, Miranchuk's goal became the winner.
Wales rules Turkey
Although Wales was somewhat the favourites to win this clash, the betting odds said otherwise, indicating that both sides were up for a fight at the Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu in Azerbaijan. Both the sides produced great attack and defensive show, with Wales coming up with most of the chances, as it was Aaron Ramsey's 42nd-minute strike that handed the Dragons the lead at half-time.
In the second half, Wales took an even more attacking approach. Although top striker Gareth Bale missed a penalty in the 61st minute, shooting it wide, he was capitalised for it by Connor Roberts in the 95th minute, while Bale assisted in both goals to hand the Dragons the win.
- Bale has become the first player to put an in-game penalty shot wide in the Euro since 2000 when Raul missed for Spain.
- With this win, Wales has registered the best winning percentage in Euro history (63%).
Italy conquers Switzerland
Italy continued its glorified winning streak under Roberto Mancini as it overcame Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The opening half saw Manuel Locatelli scoring the opener, as the Blues maintained the lead at half-time. In the following half, he doubled it with his brace in the 52nd minute while Ciro Immobile scored the winner in the 89th.
- Locatelli is the third youngest brace scorer for Italy in the Euro (23 years) after Giacomo Bulgarelli and Mario Balotelli.
- Immobile has become the first since Christian Vieri in 2002 to score in the opening two games of the Euro/World Cup for Italy.
- Italy is only the second side after the Netherlands to win the opening two games of the tournament by three-plus goals.
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