TOULOUSE, France Italy altered into a knockout stages of Euro 2016 and continued to challenge their doubters as Eder scored dual mins from fulltime to secure a 1-0 win over a shot-shy and unadventurous Sweden on Friday.
Eder finished a good run by banishment home to pierce Italy transparent during a tip of Group E on 6 points after dual matches following their 2-0 feat over Belgium in their opening encounter.
The outcome left Sweden in an worried position with one indicate after dual games brazen of their final organisation strife opposite Belgium subsequent week.
Sweden were good organized during a behind though toothless in attack, with their risk male Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking a shade of his shining best and frequency formulating a chance.
Italy, who came into a contest with questions surrounding a strength of their squad, though astounded many with their glorious opening opposite a highly-fancied Belgium side, relied on their trademark, parsimonious counterclaim opposite a Swedes.
They frequency threatened adult front, however, until Marco Parolo strike a crossbar with a header shortly before Eder netted a winner.
“It was a formidable game,” Italy manager Antonio Conte told Rai Sport. “We struggled in a initial half.
“The boys did good to float a charge and harm Sweden when we indispensable to.”
Italy had been praised for their togetherness and work rate in their opening win over Belgium, though seemed to have no answer to Sweden’s organized rearguard until Eder’s late intervention.
Sweden manager Erik Hamren had criticised their miss of aggressive vitality following their opening 1-1 pull with Ireland, and while there was an alleviation in their altogether performance, Ibrahimovic once again unsuccessful to yield a slicing corner and live adult to his billing.
“We were most improved than a Italians for periods, though we didn’t emanate unequivocally dangerous chances,” Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal told Swedish broadcaster SVT.
Sweden are still though a shot on aim during a tournament, nonetheless Martin Olsson valid a ominous hazard down a left, promulgation an bid only over a bar on 18 mins carrying set a tinge with an early cranky that stirred a shaken clearway from Giorgio Chiellini.
Olsson’s visit forays left space for Antonio Candreva, though Andreas Isaksson and Erik Johansson total to transparent his contrast deliveries, while Ibrahimovic flashed a close-range header far-reaching towards a finish of a initial half.
Having masterminded feat over a Belgians, Conte’s strategy were totally neutralised during a opening 45 mins in Toulouse and his side seemed unsettled as a result.
“At halftime Conte told us we were too delayed and he was right,” Parolo told Rai Sport.
“We altered a dash after a mangle and we deserved a victory.”
Conte introduced Simone Zaza in a 60th notation and he had a wilful purpose in a winner, streamer a Chiellini chuck in into a trail of Eder.
The brazen afterwards cut in from a left — escaped Andreas Granqvist’s attempted tackle — and sent a curling right-footed shot turn Isaksson to take Italy through.
(Additional stating by Patrick Vignal in Paris; Editing by Toby Davis)
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