With the megawatt star power of Kylian Mbappe, the steadying hand of Ngolo Kante in midfield, and the combined coiffed powers of Antoine Griezmann and Adrien Rabiot, France entered Euro 2020 as one of, if not the prohibitive favorites in this tournament, but Les Bleus now have some company at the top of the betting sheet. With back-to-back three-nil victories over Turkey and Switzerland, Italy is now emerging as one of the legitimate favorites to take home the European Crown on July 11th at Wembley Stadium.
Italy was dealt a minor blow prior to kickoff when Alessandro Florenzi pulled out due to injury and stumbled slightly at the start of this match with Ciro Immobile, Domenico Berardi, and Lorenzo Insigne missing early chances and even had a Giorgio Chiellini goal chalked off due to a handball.
Despite those early miscues, you didn't have to actually be at the Olimpico to know which nation came to play and which one was just along for the ride. Thanks to an unexpected brace from Manuel Locatelli—only the third Italian to do so in Euro competitions—Italy soon ran roughshod over Switzerland and tacked on a third goal when Ciro Immobile dropped a beauty into the bottom left-hand corner from 20 yards out.
With this victory, Italy has already booked their tickets to the knockout round and can win the group when they face Gareth Bale and Wales on Sunday.