Italy faced Martin O’Neill’s republic of Ireland assured of a first place finish in their group , manager Antonio Conte rested several key players. Ireland found a late winner through Robby Brady to reach the knockout round of the European Championships for the first time. Here are the three things we learnt as the Irish beat Italy
1 Italy face a really tough task ahead
Even though most of the Italian players who faced Ireland will not feature in the starting lineup against Spain , Italy still have a mammoth task against them. Last time around Spain demolished Italy 4-0 to retain their crown and although a lot has happened since then, Spain will be hurtful after their defeat to Croatia and Italy need to cautious. Antonio Conte who departs for Chelsea after the championships will be eager to leave on a high note.