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Huge blow for Italy! Riccardo Calafiori set to miss Euro 2024 Round of 16 clash

Huge blow for Italy! Riccardo Calafiori set to miss Euro 2024 Round of 16 clash

Although Calafiori is banned for the next match, his contributions have been invaluable. His ability to perform under pressure and deliver when it matters most will be crucial for Italy as they progress through Euro 2024.

Riccardo Calafiori made headlines last week when his own goal inadvertently helped Spain secure a narrow win over Italy. The spotlight is on him again after he received a late yellow card while stopping a dangerous Croatian counter-attack on matchday three. This yellow card, his second of the tournament, means he will miss Italy’s UEFA Euro 2024 round of 16 tie due to suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.

Riccardo Calafiori suspended for Euro 2024 Round of 16

Despite his earlier mistake against Spain, Calafiori redeemed himself by providing a crucial assist in the dying moments of the match. His pinpoint cross allowed Mattia Zaccagni to score the equalizer, propelling Luciano Spalletti’s squad into the round of 16. Italy, the reigning champions, finished second in their group behind Spain, accumulating four points. They are set to face Switzerland in Berlin on June 29 for their round of 16 clash.

Major blow for Italy

Calafiori’s influence extends beyond his crucial assist. His overall performance against Croatia was exceptional. He completed 93 percent of his passes, created more chances (four) than any other player on the pitch, and won all his aerial duels. Impressively, no opponent managed to dribble past him during the entire game, highlighting his defensive prowess.

Although Calafiori is banned for the next match, his contributions have been invaluable. His ability to perform under pressure and deliver when it matters most will be crucial for Italy as they progress through Euro 2024. Once his suspension is lifted, Calafiori is expected to continue playing a significant role in Spalletti’s side for the remainder of the tournament. The Azzurri will undoubtedly rely on his skills and resilience as they aim to defend their title.

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