Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round

Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round

Italy qualifies to the last 16 after Eder’s dazzling late goal sees Sweden off! Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round goal by Italy’s favorite Eder sealed their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 when they beat Sweden in the second Group E match in Toulouse on Friday.

Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round

Antonio Conte’s side entered the game knowing this fact in their minds that while a win guarantees them a place in the knockout stage, a draw would also suffice. Consequently, it was little to no surprise seeing the Italians sitting back and trying to reduce the space for Sweden’s lone wolf, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to operate in during an indeed very lack-lustre first half.

Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round
Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round

The Italians were the favorite of the masses even before kickoff began and they surely didn’t disappoint with their performance. With Sweden dominating possession of the ball in the first half of the match, they controlled almost 58% of the ball. Zlatan, as expected, was highly marked by the three back Italians and they consequently restricted them to only a few handful of opportunities – none of which eventually got converted into conviction!

Late Eder goal sends Italy through to the next round

The story of the game however turned out to be the astonishing miss by Ibrahimovic on the 72nd minute and that too, from just a yard out. After Marco Parolo had struck out the bar from Italy’s side, the game was considered settled with less than 2 minutes remaining when Eder came in from the left thus creating a space on the edge of box and curling a shot into the bottom corner!

With just one change in their team from their opening 2-0 victory against Belgium, Italy replaced right wing-back side Matteo Darmian with Alessandro Florenzi. The Italians however greatly struggled in breaking down Sweden’s defense and struggled to create an impressionable note.

Sweden’s manager, Erik Hamren had introduced John Guidetti along with Ibrahimovic in their startup so as to create some space for the Swedish Captain. But opportunities seemed farfetched as both teams had their game shut down during the first half. Ibrahimovic once managed to break through the defense though he was denied an early sight of goal because of an excellent covering clearance from Chiellini.

The game failed to live up in the second half as well although Italy did get a bit of clearance after the 62nd minute.

Martin Olsson:

The man from Norwegian city full-back continues to astound us and play like a world class player throughout this tournament. Exactly similar to the first time, Olsson turned out to be industrious for the entire length of the game, putting up impressive runs on the flank; despite being equally diligent at the backward positions.

Candreva hardly managed to put up an effect on the game and it was due in no minute parts to Olsson’s marvelous performance on the flanks. Although, it’s quite likely that he’ll be incredibly frustrated over conceding the final late goal.


The game was all about patience for Eder as it was evident from his goal in the very end. He never lost it throughout the game and his perseverance finally paid off in the final moments. Italy was aware of the fat that it was going to be difficult to break down Sweden as was evident from the team’s body language for major part of the game. Eder, being relentless, kept racing forward to grasp each opportunity. He did consistently make runs across the channels.

The final result? He ultimately scored a sensational winner that helped Italy bag a position in the last 16 and continue its 100% record in this tournament.

Sweden are likely to require a win over Belgium in their final fixtures at the Allianz Riviera in Nice to progress further in game.

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