Wales and the European Championships have created an almost unbreakable bond in recent times. They took a four year break after what turned out to be more than just a fling, but here they are again, forming the perfect relationship. Everyone can get behind underdogs, and Wales provide the enticing character that so many are desperate to get behind.
The loss to 1-0 loss to Italy was their first of the tournament, but it did not signal the end of their competition. Instead, thanks to Switzerland’s 3-1 defeat of Turkey, the story is only just beginning. Bettering their final four place of Euro 2016 will be a tough task, yet underdogs thrive on overcoming the seemingly impossible. Now through, Wales will look to cause upsets aplenty once again.
Wales Through Despite Italy Defeat
Who They Could Face
Having finished second in the group, Wales will likely to face Russia or Finland. Both Group B sides currently sit on three points with one game to go. Finland face the tougher task up against Belgium whilst Russia come up against Denmark, who are without a point. Of course, if both Finland and Russia lose, the Danes have a chance to go through on goal difference.
Either way, no matter who it is, Wales will fancy their chances against those in Group B fighting for second place. The game will take place on Saturday June 26 in Amsterdam. With stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey combining with new faces such as Kieffer Moore, the Welshman look more than well equipped.
Italy: The Epitome of Class
Whether it’s the tailored suits, national anthem that makes you feel as if you could run through a brick wall, or simply their tactical nous, Italy have been the definition of class so far at Euro 2020. This is a new Italy. Roberto Mancini has transformed them.
They are no longer just the side known for their gladiator-like defensive resilience. Gone are the days of sitting back in a low block. Arrived are the days of combining their defensive capabilities with the swagger and energy of Mancini on and off the ball.
The group A winners will face either North Macedonia, Ukraine or Austria in the last 16 having conceded zero goals in the group stages.
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