Italy and Switzerland are old foes at international level, although their meeting in Rome will be their first fixture in a decade.
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Italy and Switzerland are old foes at international level, although their meeting in Rome in the second round of Group A games will be their first fixture in a decade – and their first competitive match since 1999.
• This is only the third time the teams have met in a final tournament, and the first in almost 60 years.
• The Azzurri have dominated fixtures against their neighbours, winning 28 of their 58 matches and losing only eight – although the last three matches between the teams, all in Switzerland, have been drawn. Their most recent meeting was a 1-1 friendly draw in Geneva on 5 June 2010, Gökhan Inler's tenth-minute opener for the home side cancelled out four minutes later by Fabio Quagliarella. Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri played for Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland, while Giorgio Chiellini was in Marcello Lippi's Azzurri side.
• That stretched Italy's unbeaten run against Switzerland to eight matches (W4 D4), since a 1-0 loss in Berne in 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying in May 1993. The Azzurri's last win against the Swiss came in a Geneva friendly in April 2003, Nicola Legrottaglie and Cristiano Zanetti scoring in either half to secure a 2-1 success.
• The sides' last competitive matches came in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000, Italy winning the first game 2-0 in Udine – Alessandro Del Piero scoring in each half – before a goalless draw in Lausanne. Italy went on to win the group with 15 points to reach the final tournament, finishing one point and two places above the eliminated Swiss.
• Those results continued the pattern of Italy recording a home win and an away draw when the teams have been paired together in EURO qualifying, following on from the preliminaries for the final tournaments of 1968 (2-2 a, 4-0 h) and 1988 (3-2 h, 0-0 a). In both those instances, the Azzurri went on to reach the finals.
• Italy also came out on top in the teams' last meeting at a final tournament, recording a 3-0 victory against the Swiss in the group stage of the 1962 World Cup. Eight years earlier, World Cup hosts Switzerland had beaten Italy 2-1 and 4-1 in the space of seven days, the second of the wins in a play-off.
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 were the Azzurri's only losses in their last 18 matches in Rome prior to taking on Turkey (W13 D2); most recently, they beat Greece 2-0 there in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 12 October 2019.
• Italy were undefeated in the Italian capital in EURO and FIFA World Cup matches before their opening UEFA EURO 2020 fixture; at final tournaments Italy's record in Rome was W8 D2.
EURO facts: Switzerland
• This is Switzerland's fifth EURO, all in the last seven editions of the competition. Eliminated in the group stage in 1996, 2004 and as co-hosts in 2008, they finished second in their section at UEFA EURO 2016 behind hosts France but bowed out in the last 16, losing 5-4 on penalties to Poland after a 1-1 draw.
• Before Matchday 1, Switzerland's record in 13 EURO finals games was W2 D5 L6.
• This is Switzerland's fourth successive appearance in a major tournament having also qualified for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, reaching the last 16 at both.
• The Swiss booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing first in Group D, taking 17 points from their eight qualifiers. They won four of their last five matches, scoring 13 goals and conceding only two in that five-game sequence with three clean sheets.
• A 1-0 loss away to Denmark in October 2019 is Switzerland's only defeat in their last 14 EURO fixtures, qualifying and final tournament (W8 D5). They were unbeaten at UEFA EURO 2016 (W1 D3), with their shoot-out elimination to Poland classed as a draw.
• Switzerland finished fourth in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, losing 3-1 to hosts and eventual champions Portugal in the semi-finals and 6-5 on penalties to England in the third-place play-off after a goalless 120 minutes.
• Switzerland have recorded one win and three defeats in their four games against Italy in Rome, the most recent a 1-0 friendly loss in June 1994 in which Giuseppe Signori scored the only goal. Those are also their only games at the Olimpico in Rome. Switzerland's sole victory came in Italy's first international after their 1982 World Cup triumph in Spain, Ruedi Elsener scoring the only goal of the game against Enzo Bearzot's side.
• Italy are Switzerland's most frequent opponents. This is the 59th match between the sides; Germany are second on the list with 51 games against the Swiss.
Links and trivia
• Switzerland coach Vladimir Petković was in charge of Lazio between 2012 and 2014, winning the Coppa Italia in 2012/13.
• Have played in Italy:
Ricardo Rodríguez (AC Milan 2017–20, Torino 2020–)
Remo Freuler (Atalanta 2016–)
Edimilson Fernandes (Fiorentina 2018/19 loan)
Xherdan Shaqiri (Internazionale 2015)
Haris Seferović (Fiorentina 2010–13, Lecce 2012 loan, Novara 2013 loan)
Simon Sohm (Parma 2020–)
• Have played together:
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli & Ricardo Rodríguez (AC Milan 2017–20)
Pierluigi Gollini & Remo Freuler (Atalanta 2018–)
Cristiano Biraghi, Federico Chiesa & Edimilson Fernandes (Fiorentina 2018/19)
Matteo Pessina & Remo Freuler (Atalanta 2018/19, 2020/21)