By Izuchukwu Okosi
Italy left it very late but ultimately booked their place in the Round of 16 stages of the UEFA Euro 2016 against Sweden
in Toulouse on Friday afternoon.
Striker Eder dragged the knife in the hearts of Sweden fans with a composed finish at the edge of the box with barely
two minutes to play.
Italy’s best chance in the cagey game came in the 82nd minute when Marco Parolo latched on to a superb cross inside the
box and hit only the crossbar with a fine header.
Eder weaved his way past opponents unleashed a magnificent effort from the edge of the box which went inside the right
post. Andreas Isaksson had no chance of reaching it.
They almost made it 2-0 in added time when Antonio Candreva found himself in a great chance inside the six-yard box,
shot to the right side of the goal, but Andreas Isaksson pulled off an exquisite save to deny him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic stretched as much as he could to connect with a cross but the Italian defenders did just enough to
block his way goalwards.
There wasn’t really been much to see in the match but for an occasional opportunity now and then. The game was quite
balanced and neither sides had any obvious dominance. Both teams attempted to play possession play.