Wales have qualified for the Euro 2020 knockout stages by finishing second in Group A, despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.
There was also heartbreak for Ethan Ampadu in Rome as he became the youngest player in European Championship history to receive a straight red card for a tackle on Federico Bernadeschi.
In spite of Switzerland’s 3-1 victory against Turkey, Robert Page’s men finished behind their Italian counterparts and avoided a third place finish which would have pitted them against the winners of the fabled ‘Group of Death’ containing France, Germany and Portugal.
Matteo Pessina flicked in a delicious free-kick from Marco Verratti as they made their first half pressure pay to make it three wins from three.
Gareth Bale had a glorious chance to equalise shortly after Ampadu’s red card, but the Real Madrid winger blazed a volley over the bar from inside the penalty box with no challengers around him.
Any chance Wales had of potentially causing an upset dissipated when Ampadu was shown a straight red for his late challenge on Bernadeschi which resulted in his studs raking across the Juventus midfielder’s ankle.
“He’s late on the ankle, studs showing, dangerous,” talkSPORT pundit Dean Ashton said. “I don’t know why he is shocked, it is a horrible challenge.”
Wales will now face the runner-up of Group B in Amsterdam on Saturday, June 26.
That group consists of Belgium, Russia, Finland and Denmark, meaning they would then be back in Baku for the quarter-final.