Italy leave it for late, down Sweden 1-0 to reach KO stage

Published 17.06.2016 21:38

Italy booked their ticket to the knock-out stage of Euro 2016 on Friday by beating Sweden 1-0 thanks to Eder's late goal. Eder gave Italy the winner in the 88th minute to put the Azzurri into the round of 16 for the fourth time in the last five European Championships with six points.

It was the 11th goal of the 28 scored thus far at Euro 2016 to fall in the 87th minute or later. Sweden now face an uphill battle to get out of the group stage with just one point. The Swedes have bowed out before the KO stage in the last two Euros and three of the last four. Both teams came out of the break with more willingness to risk something offensively. But neither could really threaten the other team for a while with Sweden still controlling the ball.

The Italians finally broke through in the 88th minute off a throw-in from Chiellini which Zaza headed on to Eder, who worked his way through three defenders and blasted past Isaksson for the goal. Sweden were calling for a penalty four minutes into stoppage time as two Swedes were surrounded and in contact with three Italian defenders. But the referee refused to point to the spot.

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