Euro 2020: Italy reaches playoffs after 2 matches, pushes Belgium out of top 3

Brilliant Gli Azzurri became the first Euro 2020 team to enter the playoffs. They had to win only the first two out of three group stage matches. And not only playoffs: Italian national football team pushed Belgium's squad out of top 3 by odds of winning the tournament. It is safe to say that by far Italy is the most pleasant surprise of the European Championship.

Both matches were won by Azzurri in fashion, with the same score of 3:0. First was against Turkey: with 24 shots versus 3 by Turks, 8 of them being on target — Italy was destined to win. However, it was not before the 53rd minute that the no-goal spell was broken, with Turkish centre-back Merih Demiral scoring an auto goal. Balls in the net by Ciro Immobile (66’) and Lorenzo Insigne (79’) soon followed.

Second fixture, against Switzerland on June 16th, was even more decisively dominated by Italians. All 3 shots on target by Azzurri resulted in goals — double scored by Locatelli and the third nail in the coffin of Swiss hopes, landed by Ciro Immobile at the 89th minute of the match. Vladimir Petkovic's team made 6 shots in total, 1 on target, but with no luck

As for the Euro 2020 odds, Italy now comes as the third biggest favourite of this European tournament, with chances of winning of around 15% — 6.80 in decimal and +580 in American odds. Belgium now goes with 7.00 (+600), a little lower chances than previously.

Still, France with the odds of 4.50 (+350) is a clear top favourite of Euro 2020, while you can bet on the second favourite, England with the odds of 6.50 (+550) at various online bookies.

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