Eder rewards Italy for their patience.
Best morning prices 21-20 Italy Betway 4-1 Sweden general 9-4 Draw Betfred Market moves The draw was trimmed to 21-10 and while Sweden remained a general best price of 4-1, they were cut to 100-30 in places Story of the first half Italy found good space in wide areas as Alessandro Florenzi and Antonio Candreva marauded forward in the game's early stages.
The Azzurri struggled to create a clear-cut chance however, and Sweden began to grow in confidence.
Italy adopted a surprisingly passive approach and showed no interest in pressing beyond the halfway line.
Three minutes before the break, Sweden produced the half's most threatening piece of play but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's flick-on wouldn't quite fall for Guidetti in the six-yard box.
Half-time betting 7-4 Italy Paddy Power 4-1 Sweden Betfred 13-10 Draw Betfair Story of the second half Italy started the second half by winning a succession of corners that amounted to very little.
Conte introduced Simone Zaza for Graziano Pelle just before the hour, and as the game reached its final quarter Italy began to monopolise possession but Sweden's back four remained composed and largely untroubled.
A low Jonas Olsson cross on 72 minutes found Ibrahimovic at the back post but he scooped a shot over the bar with the goal gaping and only a belated offside flag spared him the ignominy of miss of the tournament.
The game looked set to peter out until Marco Parolo's header smacked the bar in the 83rd minute, denying Emanuele Giaccherini a sumptuous assists after his in-swinging cross.
With just two minutes left, the game was finally blessed with a moment of class as Eder latched on to Zaza's flick-on, drove into the Sweden box and fired past Andreas Isaksson.
Magnifique Eder's winning goal was one of tournament's best so far, but Antonio Candreva had another excellent game.
Conte's system demands a great deal from the wing-backs, and Candreva has proved up to the task.
He looks equally comfortable defending in his own penalty area as he does bombing forward and he has the engine to perform both roles.
Sacre bleu Graziano Pelle was substituted after a poor showing, despite his impressive display against Belgium, while it's difficult to single out any poor Swedish players.
Pointers Italy have a stranglehold on Group E, but this game will prompt some reflection.
The Azzurri do not possess much flair and without the same space on the counter-attack as there was against Belgium they struggled for long periods.
The further they go in tournament however, this could become less of a problem as they play more adventurous opponents.
Sweden are now in a precarious situation with Belgium waiting for them next.
They are a workmanlike side who rely on Ibrahimovic for moments of magic, which as yet have not arrived.
Italy striker Eder celebrates his winning goal that gave his team a second Group D victory
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 18, 2016|
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