Italy suffered a doubtlessly enormous blow with an damage to captain Giorgio Chiellini forcing the talismanic captain off towards Switzerland.
The centre-back, 36, thought he had scored a uncommon aim early within the sport but it surely was dominated out after VAR judged him to have dealt with the ball earlier than slotting dwelling.
And minutes later, round 1 / 4 of an hour into the sport, his race was run. Chiellini signalled to the sidelines and was changed by Francesco Acerbi.
Giorgio Chiellini trudged off the pitch early within the sport with an damage to his thigh
The defender thought he had scored solely to have it dominated out after which got here off injured
He’s understood to have suffered a flexor downside in his left thigh and Roberto Mancini will now be sweating on his health for the remainder of Euro 2020.
Italy ran out 3-0 winners, guaranteeing a spot within the final 16 but it surely stays to be seen whether or not Chiellini will play any additional half.
Within the ITV studio, Patrick Vieira mirrored: ‘In fact it’s a huge fear, at 36 coming off after quarter-hour isn’t good for his event.’
The Azzurri will hope their captain merely felt a twinge and didn’t need to take any pointless dangers.
The 36-year-old gave his arm band to long-time defensive associate Leonardo Bonucci
The Juventus stalwart had checked out his miserly finest within the opening win over Turkey and can be an actual miss for Mancini if he’s out for the long run.
That mentioned, he missed the vast majority of Italy’s undefeated run whereas recovering from an ACL damage and Acerbi deputised impressively.
Italy have been among the many most talked about groups within the Euros up to now and have become the primary workforce via to the knockout levels on Wednesday night time.