Friday, 17th June
Italy surprised everyone with the positive attitude shown in their opening game victory against world number one rated, Belgium (2:0).
Sweden didn't really surprise, nor inspire, during their (1:1) draw with Ireland but they started a little brighter here, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic trying to impose himself a little more around the Italian penalty area; and Giorgio Chiellini given the job of marking the big Swede.
What a difference a few days make. Italy were being stiffled by Sweden in Toulouse during the first forty-five minutes. Not much for the goalkeepers to do and the referee didn't even put the pen to his notebook once.
Perhaps Italy didn't have enough time to recover.
Half-time: Italy 0 - Sweden 0
It took a very long time coming but the closest we came to a goal was when Marco Parolo headed Giaccherini's cross against the Swedish crossbar, in the 82nd minute. At least we wouldn't have to endure extra-time and penalties.
Six minutes later, Eder sprinted across the edge of the Swedish penalty area with the ball, ignoring all the yellow shirts tumbling in his slipstream, and curled the ball past the stranded Andreas Isaksson.
Italy held out against a penalty appeal and became the second team to qualify for the knockout stage.
Group E in Toulouse.
Final Score: Italy 1 - Sweden 0
1:0 (Eder, 88)
15-Andrea Barzagli, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 8-Alessandro Florenzi;
18-Marco Parolo, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 23-Emanuele Giaccherini, 6-Antonio Candreva;
9-Graziano Pelle, 17-Eder.
3-Erik Johansson, 14-Victor Lindelof, 4-Andreas Granqvist, 5-Martin Olsson;
7-Sebastian Larsson, 8-Albin Ekdal, 9-Kim Kallstrom, 6-Emil Forsberg;
20-John Guidetti, 10-Zlatan Ibrahimovic.