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Wales are through to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 despite a 1-0 defeat against Italy in Rome.

Matteo Pessina's first-half opener gave the home side victory as Ethan Ampadu was sent off for Wales.

But Rob Page's side finished second in Group A on goal difference ahead of Switzerland, who beat Turkey 3-1 in their final group game.

The Swiss had Welsh hearts racing by establishing a 2-0 interval lead against Turkey in Baku and trimming Wales' goal difference advantage.

Yet they held firm to setup up a trip to Amsterdam in the last-16 on Saturday to face either Belgium, Finland, Russia or Denmark.

The result came in front of around 400 Wales supporters present in a Stadio Olimpico crowd of around 14,000 amid tight coronavirus restrictions.

Wales are into the knockout stages of Euro 2020 despite a 1-0 defeat in Rome
(Image: Photo by Andreas Solaro – Pool/Getty Images)

Speaking after the game, Wales captain Gareth Bale told ITV Sport: “We knew it was going to be a very difficult game from the start.

“There was a lot of defending, a lot of running and there are some very tired bodies out there.

“I’m proud of the boys, we wanted to get a result but I guess it made no difference. We finished second anyway."

Asked about Ampadu's red card, which left Wales up against it, Bale replied: “I actually didn’t see him [Ampadu] take too much of the player. I didn’t really see too much.

“Obviously I’m going to argue to try and defend Ethan but it was unfortunate.

“We had to dig deep and we knew we were losing so we had to make sure we didn't concede as many as possible as we knew that five goal swing was still there.

“We have to just recover again now. We’ve got a little bit of a break, maybe five days, and we’ll patch everyone up and get going again.”

Bale did miss a chance to equalise in the second half as he fired a volley over the bar having found space at the back post.

“I saw the ball coming over and I couldn’t quite get over the ball enough," he added.

"But it is what it is and I guess it made no difference in the end because we still finished second so all is well.”

After their Euro 2016 heroics, reaching the quarter-finals, Wales will now march on to the knockout stages with high hopes of another memorable tournament.