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Mattia Zaccagni led Italy to the round of 16 against Switzerland

Mattia Zaccagni led Italy to the round of 16 against Switzerland

The first round of the round of 16 of the 2024 European Championship will be held between Switzerland and Italy, and will be held next June 29 in Berlin. The defending champions looked like losers for a long period in the match against Croatia. In the 98th minute, Mattia Zaccagni scored the equalizer 1-1. The defending champions were in football heaven, while the Croats were in shock. After the final whistle, tears flowed, and the European Championship was concluded. The Croats have always been a good team in the tournament. They have reached the semi-finals or finals in the last two World Cups.

The man of the match was Luka Modric. His goal in the 55th minute made it 1–0 up, making him the highest scorer in European Championship history, replacing Ivica Fastek. The goal certainly caused complete confusion for the Croatian's emotions. Because just 31 seconds ago (!) the six-time Champions League winner failed from a penalty kick taken by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Croatian media will likely continue to write about whether Modric is too old for this European Championship.

This draw represents Italy's fifth consecutive appearance in the knockout rounds of the European Championship. What remains to be seen is that Italy have not conceded a single goal in any of their last six European Championship matches.

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