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Wales want to qualify for last 16 in style with win over Italy

Wales will not be taking any half measures when they play Italy in their final European Championship group game and will look to beat the odds and seal all three points in Rome to top Group A, manager Rob Page said on Saturday.

Italy lead the group with a maximum six points from two games while Wales are on four points after beating Turkey and drawing with Switzerland.

Wales will find beating the Azzurri at home on Sunday a Herculean task, however, with Roberto Mancini’s side having won their last 10 games without conceding a single goal.

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“It’s a big challenge, they’re in great form. We’ve watched both games that they’ve played in the tournament so far and can’t be anything other than impressed by how they go about their work,” Page told reporters.

“It’s going to make for an entertaining game. We’re going to pick a team that will go out there and give absolutely everything for Wales.

“We want to win the game and if we don’t finish top, we want second. We don’t want to limp across the line, we want to qualify in style and get where we deserve.”

Three Welsh players are on yellow cards — including defenders Ben Davies and Chris Mepham — and Page said he was wary of potentially losing players to suspensions ahead of the knockout stages.

“We’ve been here before in 2016 in the semi-finals and missed influential players and it’s affected them, that’s going to be in the thought process,” he added.

“But, like I said, more importantly, we’re playing against a very, very good Italian team that sometimes attack with seven players and defend with three. We’re going to have to take that into consideration.

“We have to suffer quite a bit without the ball. I think they’ve shown in the previous two games that they’re technically, absolutely very good.”

Aaron Ramsey has been a target of the Italian media this season for his performances, or lack of, with Juventus but Page said the midfielder was looking forward to the game after putting his injuries behind him.

“Aaron’s been outstanding. I’m really proud of him, for the shift he put in (against Turkey), tracking back and making tackles in the 18-yard box,” Page said.

“He’s got to another level for me, considering he’s not played as much as he would have liked. He’s come in and we’ve got into a level of fitness where he has performed physically and tactically.”

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