Euro 2016: Eder's late strike sends Italy to last 16

Euro 2016: Eder’s late strike sends Italy to last 16

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It was heartbreak for Sweden when Eder scored late on to make it two wins out of two for Italy as they advance to the next stage of the Euro 2016.

Sweden failed to produce a shot on goal for the second successive game, with captain and star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic given no room to shine in Toulouse. Italy on the other hand, have proven to be very resilient in defence – that Juve back four of Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli looked impossible to break down once more as the game wore on towards a goalless end. But Eder, the Sampdoria striker, raced onto Zaza’s knockdown before cutting in from the left with three minutes to go and curled a shot past goalkeeper Andres Isaaksson, who had been untroubled up until that point.

The victory means Italy are top of Group E with six points and can relax when they play the Republic of Ireland next week, although they will want to top the group.

 

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