Player ratings: Southampton's Pelle disappoints but Italians snatch win

Italy players celebrate after the game

The Azzurri left it late to progress to the knockout stages of the European Championship.

Italy players celebrate after the gameItaly players celebrate after the game

Italy booked their place in the last 16 of the Euros with a last gasp win against a defiant Sweden side this afternoon.

The Swedes seemingly payed respects to the Italian's impressive display against Belgian by sitting deep for the majority of the game and frustrating an Azzuri side that are built for the counter-attack.

Italy's coach Antonio Conte.Italy's coach Antonio Conte.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered little at the other end of the pitch, with Sweden seemingly content to play for the draw but an 88th minute Eder strike denied them of a precious point.

The Sampdoria forward picked up a knocked down ball on the edge of the Swedish penalty area and drove at their defence, fending off three men before slamming home into the bottom corner.

The Italians have arguably been the most impressive team of the tournament so far, with their seemingly impenetrable backline beautifully complemented by a pacey and clinical attack.

Alongside France and Germany, the Italians must be considered favourites on the basis of their first two showings. The Azzuri are masters of tournament football and it will take a truly great team to prevent them lifting this European crown.

Gianluigi Buffon - Largely untroubled thanks to the defensive shield ahead of him but assured when called upon. 6

Giorgio Chiellini - As combative and dominant as ever, helped nullify the threat of Ibrahimovic. 8

Andrea Barzagli - Steady on the right side of the back three - a crucial component of the Italian's seemingly unbreakable rearguard. 7

Leonardo Bonucci - Aggressive and powerful, came out on top in his duel with Guidetti. 7

Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne has a shot at goal blocked by Italy's Giorgio ChielliniBelgium's Kevin De Bruyne has a shot at goal blocked by Italy's Giorgio Chiellini

Antonio Candreva - Failed to really get going in the final third but provided a constant and willing outlet. 6

Alessandro Florenzi - Suffered a similar fate to his right-sided compatriot, with Sweden sitting deep and limiting the space available in wide areas. Substituted for Stefan Sturaro in the 85th minute. 5

Daniele De Rossi - The midfield stalwart wasn't at his influential best and was replaced by Tiago Motta on 74 minutes. 5

Marco Parolo - Constantly probing and looked the most likely to unlock a stubborn Swedish defence. 6

Emanuele Giaccherini - Failed to reach the heights of his performance against Belgium but was always busy and delivered well from wide areas. 6

Italy's Graziano Pelle reactsItaly's Graziano Pelle reacts

Graziano Pelle - Disappointing afternoon for the Southampton man. Stayed on the periphary for most of the game and was replaced by Simone Zaza on 60 minutes. 4

Eder - The pacey forward remained bright and energetic throughout and capped his perfomance off with a fantastic solo goal. . 7


Simone Zaza - Offered more than Pelle in his 30 minute stint and will have done his chances of starting against Ireland no harm at all. 7

Tiago Motta - Was composed and assured in central midfield. 6

Stefana Sturaro - N/A

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