Eder Scores Late As Italy Beat Sweden, Reach 2nd Round

Eder Scores Late As Italy Beat Sweden, Reach 2nd Round

Italy have secured their place in the next round of Euro 2016 after a hard fought 1-0 win against Sweden in Toulouse on Friday.
Eder Martins struck the winner two minutes from time as the Italians joined hosts France in the knockout round of the competition.
Sweden who started their campaign with a draw against Republic of Ireland made a positive start with Kim Kallstrom delivering a delightful cross into the path of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the third minute, but Giorgio Chiellini prevented the ball from reaching the Juventus forward.

Italy responded with a chance of their own seven minutes later with Marco Parolo setting up Alessandro  Florenzi but his effort was well saved by Andreas Isaksson.
The game became a cagey affair from then on with both teams struggling to carve out clear cut opportunities.
The Azurri emerged stronger in the second half but despite their dominance failed to find a way past Isaksson.
Emmanuele Gianccherini nearly broke the deadlock eight minutes from time but the midfielder's effort hit the crossbar with Isaksson well beaten.
Antonio Conte's men finally broke Sweden's resilience two minutes from time with Eder scoring the decisive goal.
A long throw from Chiellini was headed on by Simone Zaza and Eder gratefully picked up possession and curled a terrific shot into far bottom corner.

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