Italy's Graziano Pelle reacts
Italy fans have taken to Twitter to criticise Southampton striker Graziano Pelle’s performance in the win over Sweden.
The Italians ran out as 1-0 winners on Friday afternoon, as a late goal Eder sealed their second win of the tournament and a place in the knockout stages.
Italy's Graziano Pelle in action with Sweden's Erik Johansson
The Italian frontline had struggled to make the breakthrough in the game until that point, with the attacking threat they had shown in the impressive 2-0 win over Belgium sorely missing.
One man who failed to impress was Southampton striker Graziano Pelle as he endured a difficult afternoon against a resolute Swedish defence.
Sweden's Kim Kallstrom in action with Italy's Graziano Pelle
The Italian fans were less than impressed by his display, taking to Twitter to criticise the Saints star.
First half even I got mad but he had to partner Pelle who was literally useless.— francesca (@CescaCena) June 17, 2016
What a horrible game from Pelle. Conte better start Insigne or Immobile next game.— Khaldi (@NickCaldareri) June 17, 2016
It's really surprising that Graziano Pellé is the best forward Italy has to offer #EURO2016— Finals MVTweeter (@SadFactory) June 17, 2016
Pelle needs to get dropped— Forza Italia (@JARDYAH) June 17, 2016
There's times when i should be a pundit, as they talking exactly right about Pelle. He doesn't work hard enough for the team— Flatrats!! (@TodaysTopTips) June 17, 2016
How does Pelle manage to get linked with clubs like Chelsea? Hes alright for us but hes no were near that level— Jamie (@TadicTouch) June 17, 2016
1st half very disapointed game especially pelle. 2nd half they more aggresive n just wait the goal. Brilliant coach. Forza conte.— I.G.B.Adi.Sudiarsana (@xIGBASx) June 17, 2016
4- Pelle was disappointing while at least Eder showed mobility and spark and he was rewarded with the amazing goal >— Juri Gobbini (@JuriGobbini) June 17, 2016
Eder & Pelle are smart though, they play mehhh the whole game and score at the end so they don't get subbed out for the next game.— Rocco Deserto (@RoccoDeserto) June 17, 2016
But I feel that Pellè, especially if not match fit, shouldn't start. Zaza offers energy bursts, and El Sharaawy finesse.— Mārcus Rāmpērsād (@miwsher) June 17, 2016
Love late goals. Pedestrian performance from #ITA overall. Pelle, Parolo especially weak. But moments like Eder's goal is why I love Azzurri— Alloysius D'souza (@alloyrocker) June 17, 2016
@TaylorTwellman Italy needs to play Zaza and Insigne. Eder overall played poorly. Pelle doesn't work hard enough up top.— nlroma1o (parody) (@nlroma1o) June 17, 2016
Italy's Graziano Pelle as he is substituted for Simone Zaza
Pelle will now be hoping he can pick up his form as Italy look to finish the group stages with a third successive win.
They have shocked many by picking up six points at this stage, with the current squad having been labelled by some as the worst for a number of years.
They are proving those doubters wrong and Pelle will be keen to prove his wrong before the end of this summer.