Full-time: Italy 1-0 Sweden

  • Previously unfancied Italy secure progression to last 16 with one game to spare at the summit of Group E
  • Impressive late strike from Sampdoria's Inter loanee Eder lights up an otherwise desperately drab affair at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse
  • The Azzurri, who keep a fourth successive clean sheet, also hit the post in the second half through a Marco Parolo header
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andreas Granqvist both have soft penalty appeals turned down by referee Viktor Kassai
  • Uninspiring Sweden struggle to impress once again and have now failed to register a single shot on target in over 180 minutes of tournament football
  • Other matches: Czech Republic vs Croatia, Spain vs Turkey.
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That is all for this particular blog, but join my IBTimes UK colleague Steve Busfield for live coverage of the Czech Republic's clash with Croatia at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

We will also have updates from Spain vs Turkey later on tonight. Goodbye for now.


As for Sweden, the structure of this expanded tournament means they are not out yet. However, they will surely need to beat Belgium in Nice to qualify for the knockout phase.

Providing they do go home early, then Hamren can have preciously few complaints. His mediocre and stodgy team badly lack creativity, as evidenced by the fact that they still have not produced a single shot on target in 180 minutes of tournament football. Ibrahimovic has not impacted either game nearly as much as he would have liked.

Andreas Isaksson
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It was far from entertaining, but that late spark of ingenuity from Eder secures Italy's second win on the bounce and seals their place in the last 16 with a game to spare. They may not always shine going forward, but a fourth successive clean sheet means Conte's frugal side are incredibly difficult to beat.

As long as they keep defending in such an efficient manner, then the Azzurri have every chance of going very far indeed in this tournament. They finish their Group E campaign against the Republic of Ireland in Lille on Wednesday.

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Italy 1-0 Sweden


Late controversy in the Italy box. Ibrahimovic wins a knockdown towards Granqvist, who falls rather theatrically under pressure from Bonucci. Again, the referee responds by giving a free-kick the other way.

That should do it.


Sweden are unhappy with Italy's time wasting and Buffon is promptly shown a yellow card. Olsson has also been booked for an earlier foul on Zaza.


Italy almost double their lead immediately but Isaksson stands firm to beat away Motta's strike at his near post.

Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.


If anyone was going to go on and win this game, you always felt it would be Italy. Zaza has looked lively since replacing Pelle and his flick on releases Eder, who drifts across the edge of the box.

After Granqvist unsuccessfully goes to ground, the Inter forward rifles an unstoppable shot into the far corner. No chance whatsoever for Isaksson.

Surely that's the winning goal.



Goal: Italy 1-0 Sweden (Eder)


More new faces now as Guidetti makes way for Berg and Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro replaces Florenzi. Under five minutes of normal time left to play.

Is there any late drama to come in this frustrating fixture?


Ibrahimovic forces a corner that is headed comfortably over by ex-Wigan centre-back Granqvist. It would not have counted anyway as he is subsequently whistled for climbing on Barzagli.


82 minutes gone and we finally have a real opportunity to speak of. Giaccherini sends a marvellous cross to the back post, where Parolo, who has strolled in behind Olsson, heads against the crossbar.

So close.


Almost a sniff of a chance for the Swedes as Ibrahimovic does well to find Guidetti and he lays it off for Durmaz to fire wide with his left foot.


Another Italy attack goes astray and Hamren makes his double switch. Bearded Olympiacos winger Jimmy Durmaz replaces Forsberg and Lewicki is on for Ekdal.


After an Italy corner is wasted, Guidetti can't take advantage of a cute backheel and Chiellini receives treatment following a hefty knock. A double substitution from Sweden is imminent.


Conte makes his second change with just over 15 minutes plus stoppage time remaining. Rather than seeking to invigorate his stale attacking options, however, the former Juventus stalwart sends on Thiago Motta in place of the booked De Rossi.


Forsberg combines with Guidetti down Sweden's left before Olsson flights in a cross to the back post, where Ibrahimovic inexplicably hooks over the bar from close range.

That was a really glaring miss but his blushes are spared by the linesman's flag.


The first yellow card of the afternoon is awarded to the combative De Rossi for his latest challenge on Kallstrom. Nothing malicious but he is certainly no stranger to a foul or two.


Chiellini's block wins Sweden another corner, but, as you might expect, it comes to nothing.


Candreva has another ball intercepted by Isaksson. At the other end, Sweden look to release danger man Ibrahimovic but he makes his run a fraction too early and is flagged offside.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Zaza almost enjoys an immediate impact by finding Parolo in space, but the Lazio midfielder panics and declines to provide a return ball. Instead he opts for Giaccherini, who is thwarted by an excellent covering challenge from Kallstrom.

The 33-year-old looks to have hurt himself in the process.


An awkward deflection off the defender almost allows Parolo to get in behind Sweden's defence but he ends up miscontrolling the ball and it runs out of play. That rather sums up this drab match so far.

Conte has seen enough and replaces Pelle with Simone Zaza.



Parolo and Candreva link up well for Italy but the latter's final ball is underwhelming and too close to Isaksson. His next cross is also claimed by the former Manchester City goalkeeper.

We still await the first real chance of the afternoon with almost an hour gone.