Chiellini ruled out of Wales clash
Wales have been handed a significant boost ahead of their final group B outing versus Italy, as it has emerged that Giorgio Chiellini will miss the game.
The Welsh are unbeaten in their two group games so far, having drawn with Switzerland before easing to a 2-0 win over Turkey that has effectively sent them through to the knockout rounds.
However, Italy are the side to beat. The Azzurri have taken six points from a possible six, scoring six goals without reply so far, and impressing many neutrals in the process.
Italy are flying! 🚀
That’s now 31 goals without reply – and 10 wins on the trot!
How far can they go at #Euro2020?
â BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 17, 2021
The one blemish on an otherwise fantastic start to the tournament, though, was an injury picked up by Giorgio Chiellini, who limped off versus Switzerland with what appeared to be a hamstring problem .
It capped off a wretched five minutes for Italy’s captain, who had seen a goal ruled out for offside before succumbing to the injury. Had it been serious, it may have signalled the end of the 36-year-old’s international career.
Injured Italy captain Chiellini targets return for Euro last 16 https://t.co/f1UfwnrOGP
â TOI Sports News (@TOISportsNews) June 17, 2021
Fortunately for theÂ Azzurri,Â it appears as though the injury will not prevent Chiellini from taking part in the competition’s latter stages. However, the Juventus centre-back will miss his country’s clash with Wales on Sunday.
This means that Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi, who replaced Chiellini on Wednesday night, is in line to make his first start at Euro 2020.
Does it matter if Wales win?
Should Wales beat Italy, they will finish top of group B, ending their campaign on seven points.
It would be a fantastic achievement for the Dragons, who are looking to replicate, or better, their fourth-placed finish at Euro 2016.
101Â outlined the opponents whom Wales are likely to face in the last-16 here.
In short, however, it does not matter too much whether Wales finish first or second in their group, with the likes of Ukraine, Austria, Russia and Finland their most likely opponents. There is little to choose between the four sides, meaning the Welsh can go for broke against Italy without worrying about their next opponent.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.