Hello. Every team has now played two matches at Euro 2020 and only one has looked close to flawless so far - Italy. That’s who Wales are playing today. In Rome. So this is about the toughest assignment that any country could be assigned right now. Roberto Mancini’s team have been brilliant - incredibly dynamic, slick and sharp - and they are aiming not only to secure top spot in Group A but also to equal the their country’s all-time record of 30 matches unbeaten, a feat achieved by Victor Pozzo’s Azzurri between 1928 and 1934. Mancini might make a few personnel changes - he has to replace the injured Giorgio Chiellini, for starters - but we can be sure Italy are intent on putting Wales through a mincer.
But Wales are no lambs to the slaughter. If Rob Page’s men like they did when beating Turkey earlier this week, then they could conceivably pull off a victory that would rank as one of the greatest in their history, almost as momentous as the toppling of Belgium five years ago. The stakes this time are not quite as high, since Wales are practically assured a place in the Last 16 even if they lose - if they finish top of their Group A, they will face the runners-up from group C (currently Ukraine); and if they finish second, they will face the runners-up from Group B (currently Russia) -, but this is an opportunity for Gareth Bale and friends to claim glory, to deliver another performance and result that will be enshrined in Welsh folklore forever. Can they seize the day? Well that’s what we’re here to find out. Come on!