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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Group E match between former World Champions Italy and Sweden at Stadium Municipal. I am Vishal Mehra and I will bring you all the updates from today’s mouth watering clash between the two nations. Italy beat Belgium in their first match by 2-0 while Sweden are coming in a draw against Republic of Ireland. It will be a great contest between the sides, considering the quality of players at show. The Italians have a plethora of defensive talent in their ranks, which is led by Buffon. Their opponents though, have limited talents within their side, but have skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks. LIVE FOOTBALL SCORECARD:Italy vs Sweden, Euro 2016, Group E, Match 19 at Stadium Municipal

ITA 1-0 SWE, 90+3’min:  GOALLL! Brilliant by Éder. A very long throw-in by Chiellini. Eder swirled around defenders to get the ball in the right bottom. This is Eder’s third goal Italy. Yellow card for Buffon for wasting time which Italy has been good at in the injury time.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 83’min: Sweden saved by the crossbar as Parolo contacts the ball only to hit the top post.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 79’min: Chiellini gets his in the stomach by Larson elbow. Sweden make a double substitute as Oscar Lewicki comes in for Albin Ekdal . Emil Forsberg comes in for Albin Ekdal. Stat Alert:

ITA 0-0 SWE, 75’min: De Rossi a rough tackle as he gets his first Yellow card on foul over Kallstrom. Ztalan misses out on again as his turn only to have Giaccherini head the ball to Buffon. Zlatan misses on a simple goal only for the referee to term it an offside.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 63’min: Excellent block by Parolo was looking good for a goal. Florenzi lobs a good through ball only for it to go past Giaccherini. Candreva after providing the ball up front makes a great run in the box to make an attempt on goal. Zlatan offside as Chiellini follows him like a shadow.
ITA 0-0 SWE, 60’min: Italy has been good only to miss out in the final half. GUidetti pushes Bonucci who was looking to make a run for goal. Albin Ekdal makes a crucial block. Italy makes first change of the game as Simone Zaza comes in for Pelle.
ITA 0-0 SWE, 55’min: Chiellini shows his might in the back defence.  Olsson has been the star for Sweden in the right flank. Candreva head the ball to Buffon with Zlatan waiting to pounce. Candreva again crosses the ball into the Swedish goal line.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 52’min: Johansson at it again a silly back pass to give Italy a corner kick. Back to back corners for Italy will they make the most of it? Poor by Eder as his first touch is bit too heavy. Bonucci chips a long ball for Italian forward only to end up into the hands of Isaksson.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 47’min: Players are out on the field, as camera focuses on Zlatan. Sweden has looked more in possession of the ball in the early moments of 2nd half. Chiellini pushes his arm into the Swedish player. Éder and Pellè play in perfect sync with Pelle hitting the ball very high.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 45’min: Poor shot by Guidetti takes a the ball on the bounce and only manages to get the ball curling away from the goal post. Zlatan misses the ball on the first touch inside the box. Chiellini kicks the ball away from Zlatan. Half-Time as Sweden go into the dressing room as the more disappointed side.
ITA 0-0 SWE, 40’min: Foul on Candreva as Olsson pulls the players shrit from the back. Both teams are waiting for some magic as this is one of the most tactical game. Italy has been good from the flanks more so from the right side.  This has been a battle of the defenses which was what Italy thrives on.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 35’min: Candreva back passes to Florenzi one-two and tha ball is passed back to Florenzi, who was off-side. Sweden currently have more ball possession and more tha 166% successful passes.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 27’min: Canderva misses back-to-back chances to goal. First one was a shot on the goal, the second time keeper was able to punch the ball away. 27′ Foul for Zlatan on de Rossi, Header for Zlatan but missing it. Sweden is playing defensive. Lindelof building an attack, good cross, no one to receive there.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 21’min: Candreva misses back-to-back chances to goal. First one was a shot on the goal, the second time keeper was able to punch the ball away.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 18′min: Sweden have been good in parts, as they come up against a strong Italitan defence. Zlatan makes a good trick play but plays down after inside the box.  De Rossi has not got a chance to come into the match as he has been denied of the ball. Zlatan misses on to give a simple through ball to Kallstrom.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 11′min: Candreva misses out on a clean first touch goal. He smashes he ball into the hands of Isaksson. Italy has now looked to take the match by the scruff, playing the possession game


ITA 0-0 SWE, 8′min: Alessandro Florenzi makes a long pass into the SWE box.  First free kick of the match to Sebastian Larsson.Excellant save by Swedish player just in front of the goal post. Candreva looking good in the flanks. Sweden on the attack only to have stopped by Italy.

ITA 0-0 SWE, 3′min: Sweden to kick-off as Italian captain Buffon choose to select the side. Sweden team look to be the aggressor in the opening few minutes. Olsson manages to get the ball into the box only to saved by defender. Zlatan misses out on a header as the ball goes past the back line.


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A win would see Antonio Conte’s men, beaten finalists in 2012, secure their place in the next round ahead of their final group game against the Republic of Ireland in Lille next week. Italy’s Juveniles-inspired defence of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini was rock solid, while the Azzurri’s midfield and attack performed well above expectations. Sweden on the other had just managed to salvage a draw against Rep of Ireland thanks to an own goal by  Ciaran Clark, which was initialed by Zlatan. A win in this match will see Italy inch that much closer to the knock-out stage, while a victory for Sweden will see them in the hunt for a place in the final.

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (c), Salvatore Sirigu, Federico Marchetti, Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Angelo Ogbonna, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Antonio Candreva, Alessandro Florenzi, Thiago Motta, Stefano Sturaro, Daniele De Rossi, Marco Parolo, Federico Bernardeschi, Stephan El Shaarawy, Emanuele Giaccherini, Simone Zaza, Graziano Pellè, Ciro Immobile, Éder, Lorenzo Insign.

Sweden: Andreas Isaksson, Robin Olsen, Patrik Carlgren , Andreas Granqvis, Mikael Lustig, Martin Olsson, Erik Johansson, Pontus Jansson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Victor Lindelöf, Kim Källström, Sebastian Larsson, Pontus Wernbloom, Jimmy Durmaz, Albin Ekdal, Erkan Zengin, Emil Forsberg, Oscar Hiljemark, Oscar Lewicki,  Zlatan Ibrahimović (c), Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Emir Kujović