Matteo Pessina’s goal in the first half was enough to overcome the Dragons, who saw Ethan Ampadu sent off, as Italy equalled their all-time record streak of unbeaten matches, standing at 30 games.
Donnarumma 6 (’89 Sirigu N/A); Toloi 6.5, Bonucci 6 (46′ Acerbi 6), Bastoni 7, Emerson 6.5; Verratti 8, Jorginho 8 (75′ Cristante 6), Pessina 7.5 (86′ Castrovilli N/A); Chiesa 7, Belotti 6, Bernardeschi 6.5 (75′ Raspadori 6)
Player of the Match – Marco Verratti
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder marked his return from injury in style with a classy performance, dominating in the middle and setting up Pessina with a wonderfully weighted freekick. Verratti was creative and energetic throughout and his comeback could prove crucial further down the line in the tournament.