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UEFA EURO: Italy - Wales Match press kits

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ItalyItalyStadio Olimpico - RomeSunday 20 June 2021
18.00CET (18.00 local time)
Group A - Matchday 3
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Match background Only this chapter

Italy and Wales bring their respective Group A campaigns to a close at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the Azzurri having had the upper hand in the teams' previous encounters.

Previous meetings
• This is the teams' tenth fixture overall, and their first since the UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying competition. Their most recent meeting ended in a 4-0 Italy win in Milan on 6 September 2003, Filippo Inzaghi hitting a hat-trick and Alessandro Del Piero getting the other Azzurri goal.

• Wales, however, had run out 2-1 winners in the first game in Cardiff with Simon Davies and Craig Bellamy on the scoresheet either side of a Del Piero goal. That was just Wales's second win against Italy, who nevertheless progressed to the final tournament in Portugal having finished first in the section on 17 points; Wales were runners-up and lost to Russia in the play-offs.

• Italy won away (2-0) and home (4-0) against Wales in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000, meaning that EURO victory in October 2002 is Wales's only competitive success against the Azzurri in their six such matches. Current Italy forward Federico Chiesa's father Enrico was on target in that 4-0 win in Bologna on 5 June 1999 – Bobby Gould's final match as Wales manager.

• Italy were 4-1 winners against Wales at the Olimpico in Rome on 4 November 1969 in qualifying for the following year's FIFA World Cup. Luigi Riva scored a hat-trick, with Sandro Mazzola getting Italy's other goal; in the earlier encounter in Cardiff, Riva was also on the scoresheet as the Azzurri won 1-0.

• Wales's only other success against Italy was a 1-0 friendly win in Brescia on 4 June 1988 with the only goal scored by Ian Rush – then playing his club football in Serie A with Juventus.

EURO facts: Italy
• This is Italy's tenth EURO final tournament and their seventh in a row since sitting out the 1992 edition in Sweden. Only twice have they failed to advance through the group stage – in 1996 and 2004.

• Italy got as far as the quarter-finals at UEFA EURO 2016, finishing first in their group and beating holders Spain 2-0 in the last 16 only to lose to Germany in the last eight, going down 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

• Italy triumphed on home soil at the 1968 UEFA European Championship and have been runners-up twice since – in 2000 and 2012.

• This time round, Roberto Mancini's side won all ten of their qualifiers to finish first in Group J, swelling the number of countries to have reached the finals with a perfect record to eight, Belgium also having achieved the feat in the UEFA EURO 2020 preliminaries. Of the previous six to have won every qualifier, however, only Spain (2012) went on to win the tournament itself.

• A 3-0 win away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in their penultimate qualifier was Italy's tenth successive win in all internationals, the first time in their history they had achieved that feat.

• The Azzurri made it 11 straight victories with a 9-1 home win against Armenia in their final qualifying game, the first time they had scored nine goals in a game since August 1948. Seven different players were on the scoresheet, a new national record.

• Before the Matchday 1 game against Turkey, Italy's record in Rome was W35 D18 L6, with three of those defeats coming in their previous six matches at the Olimpico. Those are the Azzurri's only losses in their last 18 matches in Rome (W13 D2); most recently, they beat Greece 2-0 there in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 12 October 2019.

• Before UEFA EURO 2020, the Azzurri were undefeated in the Italian capital in EURO and FIFA World Cup matches; at final tournaments Italy's record in Rome before Matchday 1 was W8 D2.

EURO facts: Wales
• This is Wales's second successive UEFA European Championship, following their 2016 debut. It proved a memorable bow, as a team coached by Chris Coleman qualified first in their group ahead of England, Slovakia and Russia before beating Northern Ireland (1-0) and Belgium (3-1) to reach the country's first ever semi-final at a UEFA or FIFA tournament at any level for men or women. Portugal proved too strong in the last four, however, the eventual champions running out 2-0 winners.

• Wales's previous best EURO performance came in 1976, when they went out to Yugoslavia 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. They fell 2-0 in the first leg in Zagreb before a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.

• That 2016 campaign was only Wales's second appearance in a major tournament. They reached the quarter-finals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where they were eliminated 1-0 by eventual winners Brazil.

• In qualifying for these finals, a team managed by Ryan Giggs recovered from losing two of their first three matches to remain unbeaten in the last five (W3 D2) and finish second in Group E behind Croatia. They booked their place in the tournament with a 2-0 home win against Hungary in the last fixture.

• That 4-1 defeat in 1969 is Wales's only previous game in Rome.

Links and trivia
• Giggs played 90 minutes in each of the four EURO matches between Wales and Italy.

• As a player Giggs scored four goals in seven UEFA Champions League games against Juventus, including a late equaliser in the first leg of the 1998/99 semi-final as his Manchester United side went on to beat the Bianconeri in Turin en route to winning the treble.

• Aaron Ramsey joined Juventus from Arsenal on 1 July 2019. His team-mates in Turin include Italian internationals Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Chiesa, while Mattia De Sciglio was at the Turin club in 2019/20.

• Gareth Bale scored in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw away to Bonucci's Juventus in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Bale also scored home and away against a Roma side fielding Alessandro Florenzi, Nicolò Zaniolo and Stephan El Shaarawy in the 2018/19 Champions League group stage.

• Bale struck a famous hat-trick in Milan as Tottenham lost 4-3 at Internazionale in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 20 October 2010.

• Have played together
Emerson Palmieri & Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea 2017–19)
Jorginho & Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea 2018/19)


Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Italy

2016 – quarter-finals
2012 – runners-up
2008 – quarter-finals
2004 – group stage
2000 – runners-up
1996 – group stage
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – semi-finals
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – fourth place
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – quarter-finals
1968 – winners
1964 – last 16
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
2-0 eight times, most recently v Spain, 27/06/16

Final tournament defeat
4-0: Spain v Italy, 01/07/12

Qualifying win
9-1: Italy v Armenia, 18/11/19

Qualifying defeat
0-3: Italy v Sweden, 15/10/83

Final tournament appearances
Gianluigi Buffon
Paolo Maldini
13: Alessandro Del Piero
13: Antonio Cassano
12: Daniele De Rossi
12: Giorgio Chiellini
11: Leonardo Bonucci
11: Gianluca Zambrotta
11: Andrea Pirlo

Final tournament goals
3: Mario Balotelli
3: Antonio Cassano
2: Graziano Pellè
2: Pierluigi Casiraghi
2: Filippo Inzaghi
2: Andrea Pirlo
2: Francesco Totti

Overall appearances
58: Gianluigi Buffon
37: Andrea Pirlo
36: Leonardo Bonucci
35: Fabio Cannavaro
35: Giorgio Chiellini
33: Paolo Maldini
32: Alessandro Del Piero
31: Daniele De Rossi
28: Christian Panucci
27: Giacinto Facchetti

Overall goals
14: Filippo Inzaghi
10: Luigi Riva
9: Alessandro Altobelli
9: Alessandro Del Piero
9: Antonio Cassano
7: Gianluca Vialli
7: Gianfranco Zola
6: Sandro Mazzola
6: Christian Vieri


UEFA European Championship records: Wales

2016 – semi-finals
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – quarter-finals
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
0-3: Russia v Wales, 20/06/16

Final tournament defeat
Portugal v Wales, 06/07/16

Qualifying win
7-0: Wales v Malta, 25/10/78

Qualifying defeat
5-0: Georgia v Wales, 16/11/94

Final tournament appearances
Joe Allen
6: Gareth Bale
6: James Chester
6: Chris Gunter
6: Joe Ledley
6: Neil Taylor
6: Ashley Williams
5: Ben Davies
Wayne Hennessey
5: Aaron Ramsey
5: Hal Robson-Kanu
4: Sam Vokes
4: Jonathan Williams
David Edwards
3: Andy King

Final tournament goals
3: Gareth Bale
2: Hal Robson-Kanu
1: Aaron Ramsey
1: Neil Taylor
1: Sam Vokes
1: Ashley Williams

Overall appearances
39: Gareth Bale
36: Wayne Hennessey
29: Joe Ledley
29: Gary Speed
26: Chris Gunter
26: Ashley Williams
25: Neville Southall
24: Craig Bellamy
24: Ryan Giggs
23: Ian Rush

Overall goals
17: Gareth Bale
Aaron Ramsey
Ian Rush
5: Craig Bellamy
5: Simon Davies
5: Dean Saunders
5: John Toshack



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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