Friday, 17 June 2016

Italy vs Sweden Match Analysis

Italy were coming into this game off the back if a very impressive 2-0 win against a very strong Belgian side, whilst Sweden were coming into it having played poorly and only managing a 1-1 draw against Republic Of Ireland. So Italy were the firm favourites coming into this game most people expecting them to get a comfortable win against a poor Swedish side.
However, the game did not go that way, Sweden started the game very well having the most of the possession but not creating many real chances. The game was very easy to start off with both teams not creating chances but Sweden were just edging the match in terms of possession. The first half continued like that, however, Italy grew into the game and the Swedish goalkeeper was called into action to make 2 or 3 saves before the half hour mark.
As we moved into the last few minutes of the first half, Sweden continued to dominate the majority of the possession but they weren’t creating any chances, they were relying on there main man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to produce a moment of magic but it just never happened. The first half ended 0-0 with no clear cut chances for either side. The Sweden manager will have been very pleased with their first half display but not scoring will have worried him.
As the second half started Italy came out much stronger and they won a few corners, which came to nothing in the end but they were starting to put the Swedish defence under more pressure which will have pleased the Italian manager, Antonio Conte. As the second half went into the latter stages Sweden were starting to dominate possession again but they weren’t creating any chances still.
In the last 5 minutes of the half Italy were really piling on the pressure on the Swedish back line and finally the Italian pressure paid off, a long ball up to Zaza which he headed onto Eder who ran and curled it into the bottom right hand corner, a fantastic finish  from the striker who was quiet all game but he came up with a moment of magic which gives Italy two wins from two and a very important 6 points in total.

Although this may not have been the most convincing performance by the Italians, the three points are all that matter which will be enough to take them through to the knockout stages of the competition. Sweden on the other hand lacked the quality they needed in the final third and it's unlikely that they will make it through to the knockouts. 

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