Italy vs Wales: live stream, start time, TV channel, how to watch Euro 2020, Gareth Bale (Sun Jun 20)
Wales will look to secure their place in the round of 16 at Euro 2020 with one point against form Europe’s side Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The Dragons have collected four points in their first two Group A games, while Italy have a perfect six out of six and are already through to the next round.
After snatching a somewhat lucky point from Switzerland in their opener, Wales put in a superb performance to defeat Turkey 2-0 on Wednesday.
It was a performance that brought back memories of 2016 and their famous run to the semi-finals of the last Euros, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey stepping up the night.
Bale may have skied a penalty, but he prepared Ramsey for the opening goal, then coached Connor Roberts late for a second killer.
The victory leaves Wales almost assured of a place in the last 16 for the second tournament in a row as four of the top third teams advance.
A point will secure second place, a victory will allow them to win the group, while a loss can also see them progress as second if Switzerland fail to beat Turkey.
Rob Page should take the opportunity to rotate his team for this trip to Rome, which means his key men will be in good shape for the last 16.
Sunday’s game will be televised in the United States in English via ESPN. If you don’t have a cable, you can watch the game for free by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV or Sling, both of which have free trials.
Italy v Wales (2020 UEFA European Championship group stage)
Start time: 12 p.m. EST
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Emil Forsberg converted a penalty in the 77th minute to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over Slovakia and a big chance to reach the round of 16 of the European Championship.
Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka knocked down substitute Robin Quaison as the striker came in after a skillful kick from Alexander Isak.
Dubravka dived in the right direction from Forsberg’s penalty but couldn’t hold it back.
Sweden have four points in Group E and that could be enough to qualify. Slovakia have three points after opening with a 2-1 victory over Poland.
There was only one shot on target in the first half.
French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said heat and noise will be factors when his side take on Hungary in the European Championship on Saturday.
Temperatures are expected to reach 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) for the afternoon kick-off in Budapest.
The veteran goalie says “the heat is a big factor you have to consider” and he hopes there will be a break in the water.
Then there is the noise at the Puskas arena with a capacity of 67,215 seats. Hungary is the only country that allows a full stadium at Euro 2020.
Lloris says it will be difficult “to talk to a striker and even an attacking midfielder”.
Spain manager Luis Enrique has said Arolvaro Morata will start again when the team face Poland in the European Championship on Saturday.
Morata had been criticized by fans and the Spanish media for his failures in the team’s 0-0 draw against Sweden. He had also been ineffective in Spain’s Euro 2020 warm-up game against Portugal. It also ended in a scoreless draw.
Luis Enrique says Spain’s starting lineup for the Poland game will include “Morata and 10 others”.
The coach said captain Sergio Busquets was able to play on Saturday. Busquets returned to the team after being released with COVID-19.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander’s visit to an orange-adorned street in The Hague during the European Championship drew criticism for mingling a little too closely with football fans.
The head of the Maison d’Orange took to the streets on Thursday as the Netherlands faced Austria at Euro 2020.
The king was seen shaking hands with at least one person and breaking the country’s 1.5-meter social distancing rules in a video posted to social media and photos from the visit.
Acting Health Care and Sports Minister Tamara van Ark said that “we did not introduce a 1.5 meter social distancing for nothing”.
She adds that “you can see that sometimes it goes wrong. I think with enthusiasm.
This is not the first time that the Dutch monarch has come under fire during the COVID-19 pandemic. He apologized last year for taking his family on vacation to Greece. The family rushed home after a public outcry.
The holiday did not violate coronavirus restrictions, but it came just days after the Dutch government introduced what it called a “partial lockdown” in a bid to curb the spike in infections.
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer is back with his national team after visiting his wife and their newborn daughter in Germany.
Sommer posted a photo on his Instagram account with the message “Welcome to the little sister NAYLA family.” The family now has two daughters.
Sommer flew to Cologne after playing for Rome in Switzerland’s 3-0 loss to Italy.
Swiss football federation posted footage of Sommer’s return to training in Rome. The team flies to Azerbaijan later today for their final Group A match.
Switzerland need a victory over Turkey to qualify for the round of 16.
Dejan Kulusevski is among Sweden’s substitutes for the team’s European Championship game against Slovakia after completing his period of isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus.
The Juventus winger tested positive for COVID-19 three days before the tournament started and missed Sweden’s 0-0 draw against Spain on Monday.
Mattias Svanberg was another Swedish player to catch the virus ahead of Euro 2020. The midfielder is not ready to play against Slovakia in St. Petersburg.
Slovakian defender Denis Vavro will miss the game after testing positive for the virus after checks on Wednesday.
Sergio Busquets will join the Spanish team at the European Championship after testing negative for the coronavirus.
Busquets had been in isolation since June 6 due to a positive result for COVID-19.
The Spanish soccer federation said Busquets’ last negative test result came back on Thursday, so he will be allowed to be back with the squad.
The federation announces that he will be in Seville for Saturday’s match against Poland. Spain opened their Euro 2020 campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sweden in Group E.
Diego Llorente had also isolated himself due to the coronavirus, but the defender had already joined the team after health officials determined his test result was a false positive.
Busquets is the team’s most veteran Spanish player. He is the only one left from the 2010 World Cup winning team.
UEFA is in talks with the British government to allow foreign fans to travel to London for matches in the final stages of the European Championship.
The governing body of European football still has a contingency plan to take the semi-finals and the final to Budapest if an agreement cannot be reached with the authorities in London on the entry of the fans.
Plans to lift more coronavirus restrictions in England this month have been on hold until July 19. Tourists from all participating countries are currently required to quarantine for at least five days when entering Britain.
The Euro 2020 semi-finals and final are scheduled to be played at Wembley Stadium from June 6 to 11.
UEFA said “we understand the pressures the government is facing and hope to be able to reach a satisfactory conclusion to our discussions on the matter.”
UEFA has already achieved an increase in attendance from around 22,000 to at least 40,000 for a round of 16, semi-finals and final at Wembley.
England will return to Wembley Stadium to play their second European Championship game on Matchday 8 of the tournament.
The English will face their former Scottish rivals knowing that another victory will give the team a place in the round of 16.
The first match of the day will pit Sweden and Slovakia against St. Petersburg. The Slovaks can advance with a victory.
The Czech Republic can also secure progress by beating World Cup finalist Croatia in Glasgow.