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Jun 20, 2021 at 5pm UK at Stadio Olimpico
ItalyItaly
1-0
WalesWales
Pessina (39')
Pessina (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Allen (51'), Gunter (79')
Ampadu (55')

How Italy could line up against Wales

How Italy could line up against Wales
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Italy could line up against Wales for Sunday's Euro 2020 group clash.

Roberto Mancini has the opportunity to rotate his squad for Sunday's Euro 2020 clash with Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Azzurri have won their opening two Group A matches by the same 3-0 scoreline and are certain of a place in the last 16.

However, a point is needed against second-placed Wales if Italy are to progress as group winners, so Mancini has to get the balance right in terms of team selection.

Italy arranged a friendly against Cremonese Primavera in midweek to give some fringe players a run out, with Andrea Belotti and Federico Chiesa netting hat-tricks in the 9-1 win.

Both players have a strong shout of earning a place in the XI this weekend, as does Francesco Acerbi at the back in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini.

Marco Verratti is working his way back to full fitness and is in contention to return here, possibly in place of one of the tournament's best players so far in Manuel Locatelli.

Domenico Berardi has been involved in five goals in his last six appearances in all competitions for Italy, scoring four and assisting one, and may benefit from the squad rotation.

Italy possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson; Verratti, Cristante, Barella; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Chiesa

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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