The key moment
Although it is difficult to pick a specific turning point in such an emphatic performance, Italy’s opening goal encapsulated an emphatic team performance.
From Bocatelli’s pass to Berardi’s direct running, it set the tempo for much of Italy’s dominance with the finish sending the Italian crowd at the Stadio Olimpico into raptures.
Player of the match
Locatelli was in a punishing mood tonight in the final third, consistently playing on the front foot.
He managed more touches in the opposing penalty area this evening than all of Switzerland’s forward players combined.
He rubber-stamped a glorious performance with a well-taken second, drilling the ball into the bottom corner as Sommer remained rooted to his position.
What does this mean?
The more one watches Italy, the more they convince you that they are a contender for this tournament.
Roberto Mancini’s men put in another eye-catching performance and, having qualified for the last 16, the real question might be how far will they go?
For Switzerland, all is not lost yet with twice-beaten Turkey still to come for them on Sunday, and the four best-finishing third-placed teams in the six groups progressing to the next round.
Ciro Immobile has become the first player to score in Italy’s opening two games of a major tournament (Euros + World Cup) since Christian Vieri at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Italy host Wales in Rome, while Switzerland travel to Baku to face Turkey.
Both fixtures will take place on June 20.
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