The Italy Men’s National Team were knocked out of the 2024 European Championship in humiliating fashion after another subpar performance in the Round-of-16, losing 2-0 to northern neighbours Switzerland.

Aside from 30 or so good minutes against Albania in their opening game in Germany, the Azzurri failed to show anything resembling coherence in their four Euro 2024 matches, and were again by a distance the second-best side on the pitch in Berlin as Switzerland, much like in qualification for the 2022 World Cup, sent them home.

Bologna midfielder Remo Freuler opened the scoring in the first half, exposing a gap as wide as the Po between centre-backs Gianluca Mancini and Alessandro Bastoni. Ruben Vargas doubled the lead for the Swiss inside a minute of the second half starting, despite Italy kicking off, after some more dreadful Azzurri play.

Italy player ratings vs Switzerland at Euro 2024

Donnarumma 6.5; Di Lorenzo 4, Mancini 4, Bastoni 4, Darmian 4.5 (75′ Cambiaso 5.5); Cristante 4.5 (75′ Pellegrini 5.5), Fagioli 4.5 (86′ Frattesi N/R), Barella 4.5 (64′ Retegui 5); Chiesa 4.5, Scamacca 4.5, El Shaarawy 5 (46′ Zaccagni 5.5).

Italy Player of the Match – Gianluigi Donnarumma

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Italy Men’s National Team goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma makes a save from Switzerland’s Breel Embolo. [@Azzurri]

It won’t come as much consolation for Gianluigi Donnarumma, but the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was Italy’s best player yet again. Not for the first time this summer, the result would have been a lot worse had it not been for the 25-year-old.

That Donnarumma has been by a distance the best Azzurri player in Germany this summer says a lot about their performances at Euro 2024, and he took our Player of the Match prize from three of Italy‘s four matches.

Relative to expectations, it’s hard to think of a side that fell as far short at Euro 2024 this summer as Italy have. Donnarumma, though, is perhaps the only Italy player whose reputation didn’t take a hit in Germany.