UEFA Euro 2016
Stadium Municipal de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
Italy progressed into the last-16 of the European Championships after beating Sweden 1-0 at the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse in Toulouse.
In what was a repeat of the Euro 2004 Group Stage match, where both sides drew 1-1, it was a quite evenly contested match where chances were few and far between. However a late goal, two minutes from time from Éder settled the tie as Italy recorded back to back European Championship victories since 2000, where Italy were eventual runners-up.
In the ninth minute, Italy went close when Alessandro Florenzi cut inside to fire an effort that was blocked by Victor Lindelöf who took the sting out of the strike before Andreas Isaksson claimed the loose ball.
Sweden went close in the 27th minute when Zlatan Ibrahimović met a Kim Källström freekick to head over the bar, but the flag was up as the former Paris Saint-Germain striker was offside.
The Swedes went close again 12 minutes later when Sebastian Larsson nodded the ball down to John Guidetti who fired over the bar on the volley.
After the break, Italy went close when Éder found his strike partner Graziano Pellè who took a touch before volleying over the bar.
In the 71st minute, Sweden should have gone ahead. A dangerous delivery from Martin Olsson jut evaded Larrson before falling to Ibrahimović at the back-post who had an open goal, but he blazed the ball over the bar, however the flag had gone up to spare his blushes.
Ten minutes later, Italy nearly went ahead. An Emanuele Giaccherini cross found Marco Parolo but he headed against the bar.
Seven minutes later, Italy went ahead. Substitute Simone Zaza did well to hold off his man and nod the ball down to Éder who surged forward before selling Andreas Granqvist with a feint before finding the back of the net with a fine curling drive.
A minute later, Italy went close to doubling their lead. After an advantage was played, Antonio Candreva received the ball before firing an effort that forced Isaksson into a great save at his near-post.
Despite some late pressure from Sweden, Italy held on to book their place in the last-16 of the tournament.
The result meant that Italy top Group E with six points ahead of the Republic of Ireland, their next opponents in second on one point. Sweden are third also on one point with Belgium in fourth without a point, but they play the Republic of Ireland tomorrow.