Italy ended as group E winners despite suffering a surprise 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland.
Having won their first two games against Belgium and Sweden, Italy were already guaranteed place in the next round of the competition as a result, Coach Antonio Conte fielded a slightly weakened team against the Irish.
It was a game that had very little by way of excitement, but one has got to admire the spirit the Irish showed, but it was all too little to guarantee them anything as they third in the group, with less than enough points to see them in contention to progress as one of the best third-placed teams.
Conte started with his favoured 3-5-2 formation, with Angelo Ogbonna coming in for Girgio Chiellini, while Antonio Candreva was also given a rest.
Shane Long led the line for Ireland and tried as he did, he couldn’t break the resolute Italian defense – which has impressed a lot of neutrals so far in the competition – for long periods.
The only goal would however come in the 85th minute as Wesley Hoolahan sent a precise lofted pass into the box, and Robbie Brady rose above the defenders to meet the ball near the penalty spot and headed it straight into the middle of the goal to stun the Italians.
The result sees Italy end as group winners, joined by Belgium, who defeated Sweden 1-0.