Wales fans off to Amsterdam after Dragons secure last 16 place in Euro 2020 despite Italy defeat

Wales fans are off to Amsterdam after their side secured a place in Euro 2020’s last 16, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy tonight.

Captain Gareth Bale and his side fell to defeat against Group A winners Italy at the Stadio Olympico in Rome, despite a gutsy display. 

But Wales still managed to secure a place a knockout places, on goal difference, after Switzerland were only able to secure a 3-1 win against Turkey in the other final Group A game.

They face the runners-up of Group B on Saturday, which will likely be Russia, Finland or Denmark, though it could also be Belgium.

Earlier, Wales players had taken the knee ahead of kick-off at the Stadio Olympico, while several Italian players and the referee remained standing. 

It comes as expectant Wales fans once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match. 

Wales fans are off to Amsterdam after their side secured a place in Euro 2020's last 16, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy tonight

Wales fans are off to Amsterdam after their side secured a place in Euro 2020's last 16, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy tonight

Wales fans are off to Amsterdam after their side secured a place in Euro 2020’s last 16, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy tonight 

The Dragons fell to defeat against Group A winners Italy at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Midfielder Matteo Pessina poked home the only goal, turning home a teasing cross from a Marco Verratti free-kick just before half-time

The Dragons fell to defeat against Group A winners Italy at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Midfielder Matteo Pessina poked home the only goal, turning home a teasing cross from a Marco Verratti free-kick just before half-time

The Dragons fell to defeat against Group A winners Italy at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Midfielder Matteo Pessina poked home the only goal, turning home a teasing cross from a Marco Verratti free-kick just before half-time

But Wales still managed to secure a place a knockout places, on goal difference, after Switzerland were only able to secure a 3-1 win against Turkey in the other final Group A game

But Wales still managed to secure a place a knockout places, on goal difference, after Switzerland were only able to secure a 3-1 win against Turkey in the other final Group A game

But Wales still managed to secure a place a knockout places, on goal difference, after Switzerland were only able to secure a 3-1 win against Turkey in the other final Group A game

Wales now face the runners-up of Group B on Saturday, which will likely be Russia, Finland or Denmark. Pictured: A Wales fan celebrates his side reaching the knock-out stages of Euro 2020

Wales now face the runners-up of Group B on Saturday, which will likely be Russia, Finland or Denmark. Pictured: A Wales fan celebrates his side reaching the knock-out stages of Euro 2020

Wales now face the runners-up of Group B on Saturday, which will likely be Russia, Finland or Denmark. Pictured: A Wales fan celebrates his side reaching the knock-out stages of Euro 2020

It comes as expectant Wales fans once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match

It comes as expectant Wales fans once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match

It comes as expectant Wales fans once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match

Wales fans celebrated making it through to Euro 2020's knock-out stages, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy in Rome on Sunday night

Wales fans celebrated making it through to Euro 2020's knock-out stages, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy in Rome on Sunday night

Wales fans celebrated making it through to Euro 2020’s knock-out stages, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy in Rome on Sunday night

Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku tonight to finish Group A level with Wales on four points. But they fell short of Wales' superior goal difference. Wales fans celebrate as they progress through to the Euro 2020 knock-out stages

Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku tonight to finish Group A level with Wales on four points. But they fell short of Wales' superior goal difference. Wales fans celebrate as they progress through to the Euro 2020 knock-out stages

Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku tonight to finish Group A level with Wales on four points. But they fell short of Wales’ superior goal difference. Wales fans celebrate as they progress through to the Euro 2020 knock-out stages

Fans packed the bars and pubs in Cardiff this evening to watch their team in their final Euro 2020 group game against Italy

Fans packed the bars and pubs in Cardiff this evening to watch their team in their final Euro 2020 group game against Italy

Fans packed the bars and pubs in Cardiff this evening to watch their team in their final Euro 2020 group game against Italy

It was all cheers despite defeat for Welsh fans, who saw their side reach the knock-out stages of the European Championships for the second time

It was all cheers despite defeat for Welsh fans, who saw their side reach the knock-out stages of the European Championships for the second time

It was all cheers despite defeat for Welsh fans, who saw their side reach the knock-out stages of the European Championships for the second time

Passionate Wales fans show their support, despite being 1-0 down to Italy in their Group A game in Rome in Euro 2020

Passionate Wales fans show their support, despite being 1-0 down to Italy in their Group A game in Rome in Euro 2020

Passionate Wales fans show their support, despite being 1-0 down to Italy in their Group A game in Rome in Euro 2020

It was all cheer for Wales fans, despite defeat, as they now look forward to a last 16 clash with the runners-up of Group B on Saturday

It was all cheer for Wales fans, despite defeat, as they now look forward to a last 16 clash with the runners-up of Group B on Saturday

It was all cheer for Wales fans, despite defeat, as they now look forward to a last 16 clash with the runners-up of Group B on Saturday

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Bale (pictured), could have leapfrogged their Italian opponents with a victory - which would have seen them top the group at a European Championship final for the first time in their history

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Bale (pictured), could have leapfrogged their Italian opponents with a victory - which would have seen them top the group at a European Championship final for the first time in their history

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Bale (pictured), could have leapfrogged their Italian opponents with a victory – which would have seen them top the group at a European Championship final for the first time in their history

Who could Wales face in the last 16 of Euro 2020? 

As runners-up of Group A, Wales will play the runners up for Group B in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Currently, the group is wide open, and Wales could in theory play any of the four teams – Belgium, Russia, Finland or Denmark.

But with Belgium already on six points, and Denmark at the bottom with no points, it will most likely be either Russia or Finland.

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Italy meanwhile go through top of Group A with maximum points, with three wins from three games, having beaten Wales, Turkey and Switzerland. 

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Bale, could have leapfrogged their Italian opponents with a victory – which would have seen them top the group at a European Championship final for the first time in their history.

But midfielder Matteo Pessina poked home the only goal for Italy, turning home a teasing cross from a Marco Verratti free-kick just before half-time.

It left Wales fans fearing that their side might miss out on a last 16 place. And the woe only got worse when Ethan Ampadu saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi after half-time.  

Bale also missed a gilt-edged chance to draw his side level, blasting a volley over the bar while unmarked at the back post.   

However Wales maintained their 100 per cent record of getting out of the group stages, despite the defeat, because results went their way in the other game of Group A.

Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku tonight to finish Group A level with Wales on four points. But they fell short of Wales’ superior goal difference. 

Italy have inflicted first-half woe on Welsh fans by taking the lead in their final Euro 2020 group clash in Rome tonight

Italy have inflicted first-half woe on Welsh fans by taking the lead in their final Euro 2020 group clash in Rome tonight

Italy have inflicted first-half woe on Welsh fans by taking the lead in their final Euro 2020 group clash in Rome tonight

Wales fans faced first-half woe after Italy took the lead

Wales fans faced first-half woe after Italy took the lead

Wales fans in woe after Italy scored the opening goal of the Group A clash

Wales fans in woe after Italy scored the opening goal of the Group A clash

Andrea Belotti Federico Chiesa had earlier gone close for Italy, while Wales defender Chris Gunter narrowly headed over from a Daniel James cross. Pictured left and right: Wales fans faced first-half woe after Italy took the lead 

The woe for Wales fans has only increased in the second half, with The Dragons now down to 10-men after Ethan Ampadu saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi.

The woe for Wales fans has only increased in the second half, with The Dragons now down to 10-men after Ethan Ampadu saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi.

The woe for Wales fans has only increased in the second half, with The Dragons now down to 10-men after Ethan Ampadu saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi.

Wales captain Gareth Bale also missed a gilt-edged chance to draw his side level, blasting a volley over the bar while unmarked at the back post

Wales captain Gareth Bale also missed a gilt-edged chance to draw his side level, blasting a volley over the bar while unmarked at the back post

Wales captain Gareth Bale also missed a gilt-edged chance to draw his side level, blasting a volley over the bar while unmarked at the back post

Despite the agony of facing defeat, Wales could still go through to the knockout stages if results in the group go their way

Despite the agony of facing defeat, Wales could still go through to the knockout stages if results in the group go their way

Even though Wales are losing, they are still on course for knock-out qualification because Switzerland are currently 3-1 up in the other Group A clash with Turkey

Even though Wales are losing, they are still on course for knock-out qualification because Switzerland are currently 3-1 up in the other Group A clash with Turkey

Despite the agony of facing defeat, Wales could still go through to the knockout stages if results in the group go their way. Even though Wales are losing, they are still on course for knock-out qualification because Switzerland are currently 3-1 up in the other Group A clash with Turkey.

Italy inflicted first half woe on Welsh fans taking the lead through Matteo Pessina's first half goal at the Stadio Olympic in Rome

Italy inflicted first half woe on Welsh fans taking the lead through Matteo Pessina's first half goal at the Stadio Olympic in Rome

Italy inflicted first half woe on Welsh fans taking the lead through Matteo Pessina’s first half goal at the Stadio Olympic in Rome

It left Wales fans fearing that their side might miss out on a last 16 place. And the woe only got worse when Ethan Ampadu (pictured left with his back to the referee) saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi after half-time

It left Wales fans fearing that their side might miss out on a last 16 place. And the woe only got worse when Ethan Ampadu (pictured left with his back to the referee) saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi after half-time

It left Wales fans fearing that their side might miss out on a last 16 place. And the woe only got worse when Ethan Ampadu (pictured left with his back to the referee) saw red for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi after half-time 

Wales players took the knee at the start of the game against Italy, while most Italian players stood - with some taking the knee

Wales players took the knee at the start of the game against Italy, while most Italian players stood - with some taking the knee

Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan did not take the knee ahead of kick-off

Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan did not take the knee ahead of kick-off

Wales players took the knee at the start of the game against Italy (pictured left), while most Italian players stood – with some taking the knee. Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan (pictured right) did not take the knee ahead of kick-off

A further two goal swing, with Wales conceding or Switzerland scoring the goals, would have seen Wales dumped out at the group stage.

But Wales, despite going down to 10-men, put in a stoic defensive display in the second-half against Italy to ensure their qualification for the group stages of Euro 2020. 

It is the second time in two successive European Championships that Wales have qualified for the knock-out stages. 

The only other time Wales qualified for the European Championships in the tournament’s 60-year history was the last one, in 2016, where they progressed to the semi-finals. 

Expectant Wales fans have once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match

Expectant Wales fans have once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match

Expectant Wales fans have once again packed out pubs and bars to watch their side take on Italy in their final Euro 2020 Group A match 

Rome's Stadio Olimpico is hosting the match between Italy and Wales. Wales fans pictured at the stadium

Rome's Stadio Olimpico is hosting the match between Italy and Wales. Wales fans pictured at the stadium

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico is hosting the match between Italy and Wales. Wales fans pictured at the stadium

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London as they watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Italy and Wales in Rome

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London as they watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Italy and Wales in Rome

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London as they watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Italy and Wales in Rome

Wales fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales at Boom: Battle Bar in Cardiff

Wales fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales at Boom: Battle Bar in Cardiff

Wales fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales at Boom: Battle Bar in Cardiff

A Wales fan in Cardiff, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales

A Wales fan in Cardiff, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales

A Wales fan in Cardiff, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales

Fans couldn't believe it when Gareth Bale missed a volley at the back post after finding himself in space in front of goal

Fans couldn't believe it when Gareth Bale missed a volley at the back post after finding himself in space in front of goal

Fans couldn’t believe it when Gareth Bale missed a volley at the back post after finding himself in space in front of goal

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale, could leapfrog their Italian opponents with a victory which would see them top the group for the first time in their history

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale, could leapfrog their Italian opponents with a victory which would see them top the group for the first time in their history

A draw however would secure Wales second place and a spot in the knock-out stages - maintaining their 100 per cent record of getting out of the group stages

A draw however would secure Wales second place and a spot in the knock-out stages - maintaining their 100 per cent record of getting out of the group stages

The Dragons, captained by Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale, could leapfrog their Italian opponents with a victory which would see them top the group for the first time in their history. A draw however would secure Wales second place and a spot in the knock-out stages – maintaining their 100 per cent record of getting out of the group stages

The only other time Wales qualified for the European Championships was the last one, in 2016, where they progressed to the semi-finals

The only other time Wales qualified for the European Championships was the last one, in 2016, where they progressed to the semi-finals

The only other time Wales qualified for the European Championships was the last one, in 2016, where they progressed to the semi-finals

Wales supporters cheer during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A football match between Italy and Wales at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

Wales supporters cheer during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A football match between Italy and Wales at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

Wales supporters cheer during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A football match between Italy and Wales at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

Speaking yesterday in a press conference ahead of tonight’s game, Wales manager Rob Page said: ‘We’re gonna pick a team that’s going to go out there and absolutely give everything for Wales and for the cause and we want to win the game.

‘If we don’t want to finish top we want to finish second. 

‘I’ve said to the lads, we don’t want to limp across the line, we want to qualify in style and get where we deserve, which in my opinion is the top two.’

Gareth Bale added that the team has ‘done our homework’ and said he’d be happy to take penalties if asked to step up again.    

Fans gather for Italy v Wales in Rome, Italy, June 20, 2021. The final Group A game for Wales

Fans gather for Italy v Wales in Rome, Italy, June 20, 2021. The final Group A game for Wales

Fans gather for Italy v Wales in Rome, Italy, June 20, 2021. The final Group A game for Wales

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London

Fully kitted out fans enjoy a beer before the game gets going in the Stadio Olympico in Rome on Sunday night

Fully kitted out fans enjoy a beer before the game gets going in the Stadio Olympico in Rome on Sunday night

Fully kitted out fans enjoy a beer before the game gets going in the Stadio Olympico in Rome on Sunday night

Wales fans in the stands ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Wales fans in the stands ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Wales fans in the stands ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London, ahead of the game against Italy on Sunday night

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London, ahead of the game against Italy on Sunday night

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Zone at the Oval Space, London, ahead of the game against Italy on Sunday night

Fans from both sides gather at the Euro2020 gather for Italy v Wales  in Rome, Italy

Fans from both sides gather at the Euro2020 gather for Italy v Wales  in Rome, Italy

Fans from both sides gather at the Euro2020 gather for Italy v Wales  in Rome, Italy

Wales fans pose in the stands before the match at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Wales fans pose in the stands before the match at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Wales fans pose in the stands before the match at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Wales fans in Cardiff, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales

Wales fans in Cardiff, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales

Wales fans in Cardiff, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Wales

Wales’ starting XI: Ward, Connor Roberts, Gunter, Rodon, Ampadu, Neco Williams, Morrell, Allen, Ramsey, Bale, James.

Italy’s starting XI: Donnarumma, Toloi, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson Palmieri, Verratti, Jorginho, Pessina, Bernardeschi, Belotti, Chiesa. 

Result: 1-0 to Italy. Goal: Matteo Pessina on 39 minutes from a Marco Verratti cross.

Red Card: Ethan Amapdu on 55 minutes for a challenge on Federico Bernardeschi

What happens next?: Wales now face the runners up of Group B in the Round of 16 in Amsterdam on Saturday, while Italy face the runners up of Group C at Wembley.

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