Italy, having already secured their knockout qualification in this summer’s Euro 2020, have now also topped their group A with a 1-0 win over Wales at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Mateo Pessina put the Azzurris ahead in the 39th minute when he tucked home a low and fine set piece from Verratti, beyond the reach of Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward. Wales were reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute when Ethan Ampadu was shown a straight red as we caught Bernardeschi with a stamp, as match official Hategan deeming it as dangerous play. Bale missed a glorious chance from close range to equalise as Wales failed to muster up an equaliser late on.
Here are our player ratings for the Italy Vs Wales match.
Italy Player Ratings
Gianluigi Donnarumma – 6/10
Nothing much to do as he was called to duty only a few times.
Rafael Toloi -7/10
Looked good and tirelessly ran up and down to help his team in both attacking and defensive fronts.
Leonardo Bonucci – 7/10
Constantly bothered Bale and rendered null his threat. Was solid before being subbed off at half time.
Alessandro Bastoni – 7/10
Came in for Chiellini in this match and made his mark. Offered very little space to the Welsh attackers.
Emerson – 6/10
Was good in the first half, constantly pushing forward but his workrate died down at the end.
Jorginho – 7/10
Dominant midfield game and constantly supplied the frontline. Eye for a pass and ball retention was good.
Matteo Pessina – 7/10
Italy could do much with his stamina. Found himself at the other end of the low set piece as he Volleyed it to the far corner fine and low.
Marco Verratti – 7/10
Excellent low and inviting set piece to find Pessina. Creative in the midfield and controlled the tempo of the match.
Federico Chiesa – 7.5/10
Constant threat down the right flank, and exploited spaces behind the Welsh defence. Unlucky not to have found the net.
Andrea Belotti – 6.5/10
Brilliant hold up play by the Torino main man. Had a few chances but unfortunately couldn’t score. Threatened the opposition’s defensive third often.
Federico Bernardeschi – 7/10
Bright and creative. Struck the post in the first half with a free-kick.
Francesco Acerbi – 5/10
Bryan Cristante – 6/10
Giacomo Raspadori – 6/10
Gaetano Castrovilli – N/A
Salvatore Sirigu – N/A
Wales Player Ratings
Danny Ward – 6/10
Made some decent stops in the game, but was caught in some tense situations with the ball at his feet.
Joe Rodon – 6/10
Good interventions and blocks in the first half.
Ethan Ampadu – 5.5/10
Looked decent, tried his best to keep the Italian attack at bay. Was shown a rather ambiguous red card after he stamped Bernardeschi unintentionally.
Chris Gunter – 5/10
Was exploited by Chiesa continuosly, as he offered much space to him out wide.
Connor Roberts – 5/10
Lost the ball sometimes and Italy continuosly threatened from his side, as we was largely engaged in his own half with very minimum attacking output.
Joe Morrell – 4.5/10
Couldn’t mark Pessina properly which resulted in the first goal. Lost possession frequently and looked blunt.
Joe Allen – 5/10
Commited three fouls, continuosly overrun by the Italian midfield. Bad shift.
Neco Williams – 5/10
Often left exposed by Chiesa and Toloi. Had some decent moments while trying to attack.
Gareth Bale – 5/10
Was continuously hindered and bothered by Bonucci. Volleyed wide from close range which was the best Wales had got.
Aaron Ramsey – 5/10
Couldn’t make good use when used in a rather unusual position.
Daniel James – 5.5/10
Given very little space, but he tried to make most out of what he got.
Kieffer Moore – 5.5/10
Harry Wilson – 5/10
Dylan Levitt – N/A
Ben Davies – N/A
David Brooks – N/A
Player of the Match
Federico Chiesa – Italy(7.5/10)