Italy fends off Swedish challenge with 1-0 win

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Italy fends off Swedish challenge with 1-0 win
Citadin Eder.scored Italy's goal, taking the side through to the next stage of Euro 2016. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy has qualified to the next stage of Euro 2016 after beating Sweden 1-0 on Friday.


Naturalised Brazilian-born striker Citadin  Eder fired home the winner a minute from time as Italy qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Sweden in Toulouse.

A second victory from two games gives the Euro 2012 finalists a commanding five-point lead at the top of Group E ahead of Belgium's clash with Ireland on Saturday.

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a great chance to become the first man to score in four European Championships before Eder's late strike to leave Sweden struggling to qualify with just one point from their opening two matches.



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