In the 38th minute of one of this afternoon’s final Group A fixtures between Italy and Wales, the Azzurri took the lead after some masterful thinking from Marco Verratti and clinical touch of Matteo Pessina.
Roberto Mancini’s men had themselves a free-kick a few yards outside the box on the right side, Verratti and Federico Bernardeschi then stepped up and caught Wales out with a dummy attempt.
As Bernardeschi scurried away from the ball, Verratti fired in a low cross which was turned into the net by the first man in Pessina with a tidy side-foot volley finish from 12 yards out.
Pessina darted past Joe Morrell as the ball came in, leaving the midfielder with enough space to direct the ball into the goal.
#ITA lead – and that’s such a tidy finish from Pessina ?
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Rob Page and the Wales staff will be massively frustrated with this moment, Morrell unfortunately couldn’t react quick enough to the free-kick and the Dragons are now behind.