RATINGS: How Wales players fared during their defeat to Italy
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Wales 1-0 defeat to Italy in Rome didn't stop them from qualifying for the EURO 2020 knockout stages as they finished second in the group.
Manager Robert Page praised his team for overcoming a logistical nightmare to advance through the group.
Despite the defeat, Wales travel to Amsterdam next where they'll play the runners-up of Group B.
Starting XI - Wales v Italy ratings
Danny Ward – In no way responsible for Matteo Pessina’s precise first-half finish into the far corner and made two superb saves after the break to deny Andrea Belotti and Bryan Cristante. 8 out of 10
Joe Rodon – A stand-out performer. Stuck doggedly to his task and proved a handful when Wales did get forward, setting up Bale for a rare chance with a clever headed knock-down in the box. 8
Ethan Ampadu – Like his teammates, looked ill-at-ease in a back three in the first half and can have few complaints after receiving a straight red card for his late challenge on Federico Bernardeschi early in the second period. 6
Chris Gunter – Close to scoring his first goal for Wales from Daniel James’ first-half corner and did not buckle under pressure for large parts of the match. Received a yellow card for his tackle on Belotti in the closing stages. 7
Connor Roberts – Another rock at the back for Wales. His commitment to the cause was typified by his superb brave block on Italian substitute Giacomo Raspadori in the closing stages. 8
Joe Morrell – Could not be faulted for effort, but struggled to get to grips as Wales’ midfield was overrun before making way for Kieffer Moore soon after Ampadu’s dismissal. 6
Joe Allen – Gave away the first-half free-kick which led to Italy’s winner for his foul on Marco Verratti and was booked for his second-half challenge on Belotti. 6
Neco Williams – Almost caught in no-man’s land when allowing one first-half cross to escape him for a chance via Federico Chiesa at far post, but stuck to his task and made no other errors. 6
Gareth Bale – A peripheral figure as Wales were forced on to the back foot and blazed Wales’ best chance over the crossbar from in front of goal with 15 minutes left. 6
Aaron Ramsey – Spurned a golden first-half chance after getting in behind and had his work cut out to stem the tide as Italy built from the back. But grafted tirelessly after Wales had been reduced to 10 men. 6
Daniel James – Given no chance to unsettle the Italian back four with his pace as Wales were pegged back for long periods before making way for Wilson. 6
Substitutes - Wales v Italy Ratings
Kieffer Moore (for Morrell, 60) – Showed top-class technique on occasion and held the ball up well during an impressive cameo role for the Cardiff striker. 7
Harry Wilson (for James, 74) – Provided fresh legs when Wales were tiring and put in a shift to help out in defence as Italy chased a second goal. 6
Ben Davies (for Williams, 86) – Slotted in at the back to keep Italy at bay in the closing stages and no slip-ups. 6
Dylan Levitt (for Allen, 86) – Provided much-needed energy in the closing stages as Wales worked tirelessly to deny Italy a second goal. 6
David Brooks (for Bale, 86) – No opportunities to shine offensively on the ball. 6
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