Wales have qualified for the knockout phase of EURO 2020 despite losing 0-1 to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico In Rome on Sunday.
Italy had already qualified for the last 16 and, despite making eight changes to their team, they were still utterly dominant.
Matteo Pessina’s goal in the 39th minute with the cutest of side-footed glances from Marco Verratti’s free-kick gave Italy the lead going into the break.
Wales were forced to play the final half an hour a man down after Ethan Ampadu was sent off for a lunge on Federico Bernardeschi, intensifying the Italian onslaught.
Captain Gareth Bale spurn the chance to help his side gain a point when he failed to managed to control his back-post volley just before full time.
And although Italy’s win was never in doubt – this was their 30th consecutive match without defeat, equalling their national record – Wales dug deep to ensure the margin of victory was not too damaging.
Robert Page’s side nevertheless go through as group runners-up.
Switzerland, however, are forced to wait despite defeating Turkey 3-1 in the other Group A game at the Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, on Sunday.
Turkey began brightly but needing a win in Baku to stand any chance of progression, the Swiss produced by far their best display of the tournament
The Turks fell behind to Switzerland’s first attack of the game in the sixth minute as Haris Seferović took possession on the edge of the area with his back to goal, but the Benfica forward embraced his graceful side, pirouetting and drilling a low shot through Merih Demiral’s legs and just inside the far post.
Xherdan Shaqiri, scorer of the best goal of EURO 2016, then thumped in from long range in the 26th minute to add another pearl to his collection.
Equally as important was Yann Sommer in the Swiss goal, who produced a string of good saves to keep a much-improved Turkey at bay, especially in the first half.
Uğurcan Çakır pulled off some brilliance of his own, notably denying Shaqiri in a one-on-one, and just for a moment that looked like it could prove important.
Turkey were able to score their first goal of the tournament and a fine one it was too, Irfan Can Kahveci smashing in a long-range drive to briefly narrow the score to 2-1.
Ultimately, though, Shaqiri had the last word, giving Steven Zuber a hat-trick of assists as he fired in the wide man’s cross.
Granit Xhaka hit the post with a free-kick as Switzerland sought more goals to overhaul Wales for second but instead they must now wait to see if they are confirmed as one of the best third-placed teams.