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Italy beats Wales, both advance to round of 16 at Euro 2020

Matteo Pessina scored the only goal and Italy extended its unbeaten streak to a record-tying 30 matches with a 1-0 victory over Wales on Sunday at the European Championship.

Pessina redirecting a free kick from Marco Verratti into the net late in the first half.

Wales defender Ethan Ampadu was sent off with a questionable straight red card for stepping on Federico Bernardeschi's ankle 10 minutes into the second half.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey, left, is challenged by Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Italy and Wales at the Stadio Olimpico stadium in Rome, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Alberto LingriaPool via AP)

Italy, which won its opening two matches 3-0, finished Group A with a perfect nine points. Wales came second with four points and qualified for the last 16 at only its second European Championship. The Welsh reached the semifinals at Euro 2016.

Chasing only its second European title, Italy will play the second-place team from Group C at Wembley Stadium in London next Saturday. Wales will play the second-place team from Group B in Amsterdam.

Besides equaling the team's 30-match unbeaten record after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the victory also marked Italy’s 11th straight win and clean sheet.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey, left, and Italy's Giacomo Raspadori challenge for the ball during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Italy and Wales at the Stadio Olimpico stadium in Rome, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Ryan PiersePool via AP)

The Azzurri first won 30 straight under coaching great Vittorio Pozzo from 1935-39. That team won Italy's second consecutive World Cup in 1938.

SWITZERLAND 3, TURKEY 1

Xherdan Shaqiri scored two goals to give Switzerland a 3-1 victory over Turkey and a likely place in the round of 16.

Switzerland's Loris Benito, left, and Turkey's Okay Yokuslu challenge for the ball during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Switzerland and Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Ozan KosePool via AP)

Winger Steven Zuber assisted all three Switzerland goals, with Haris Seferovic getting the first and Shaqiri putting in the next two.

Irfan Can Kahveci scored for Turkey, the only goal the team managed at Euro 2020.

Switzerland finished third in Group A and will likely qualify as one of the four best third-place teams. The Swiss will have to wait until other groups are finished for confirmation.

Turkey's Mert Muldur, left, challenges Switzerland's Ruben Vargas during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Switzerland and Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP PhotoDarko Vojinovic, Pool)

If Switzerland had scored two more goals, it would have overtaken Wales for second place in Group A and a guaranteed spot in the next round.

Boos echoed around the stadium at the end of the match as Turkey exited after losing all three of its games. The team’s goal difference was minus-7, the worst since the European Championship expanded to a 24-team competition in 2016.

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Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, challenges Turkey's Yusuf Yazici during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group A match between Switzerland and Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Valentyn OgirenkoPool via AP)