They seduce you into their soft embrace, and score a goal like the thrust of a dagger.” Rudi Fuchs said about Italian football. This is just what they did. Eder scored brilliantly in the dying minutes of the match. It was very even in the first half. Sweden was slightly ahead as far as the possessions are concern.
Both teams created fare amount of chances but, it was just a battle of midfields. Neither teams able to score. Frustrated Pelle then had half a chance when Parolo set him up for a shot. The Southampton striker’s first touch to set him up was good but his volleyed shot went over the bar. But the intention from Italy was clear. Take shots on goal and give Isaksson a tough time. Soon the Azzurri were also looking to work their way through the Swedish defence with short corners who had a tough time dealing with them.
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However, Italy finally got their breakthrough when Chiellini took a throw-in quickly and found the head of Zaza on the left. Zaza managed to head it into the path of Eder who dribbled along the edge of the box before curling a right-footed shot past Isaksson to find the bottom corner and give Italy the lead.
Ibrahimovic was marked tightly by the Azzurri brigade. Though he gave some valuable pass but his teammates failed to score.
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