Euro 2020: Italy continues to impress as they clinch a 3-0 victory over Switzerland

The wingers sprint forward like Ferraris. The midfielders are just as capable of scoring as the forwards and the reserves look like starters. A new-look Italy is impressing with its offensive flair at Euro 2020.

Manuel Locatelli scored two goals as the Azzurri defeated Switzerland 3-0 on Wednesday to advance to the final 16 of Euro 2020 becoming the first team, and they did it with a game to spare.

The defense was impenetrable as usual — arguably the one attribute brought over from previous Italian sides.

It’s a remarkable comeback for a team that missed out on the 2018 World Cup.

Italy’s unbeaten run now stands at 29 games, one short of the team record, and the team’s 10th clean sheet in that time.

Locatelli’s first goal came midway through the first half after a brilliant play with Sassuolo teammate Domenico Berardi. Shortly after halftime, he scored his second goal with a long, low strike that caught Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer off guard.

Ciro Immobile scored his second goal of the competition in the 89th minute with another long-range strike, adding one more goal to the team’s name in the match.

Early in the game, a video review overturned a goal by Giorgio Chiellini due to a handball. The captain of Italy then left the game with an apparent left thigh injury.

Locatelli’s first goal was a display of offensive brilliance.

He began it off with a long pass to Berardi racing down the right flank from inside Italy’s half. Berardi then cut inside before crossing back to Locatelli, who tapped in from close range.

And to think, Locatelli was only promoted to the starting lineup due to an injury to the more experienced Marco Verratti, who is scheduled to return for the next match against Wales.

Locatelli, who is 23 years old, is the tournament’s youngest scorer so far.

With a double stop on Steven Zuber late in the second half, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma kept the shutout intact.

In their last ten games, the Azzurri have scored 30 unanswered goals.

In the final group games, Italy will meet Wales in Rome, while Switzerland will face Turkey in Baku.

After defeating Turkey 3-0 in the tournament opener, Italy leads Group A with six points. Wales is in second place with four points after a 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku. Switzerland have one point, while Turkey have none.

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