Eder dribbles, shoots Italy past Sweden, into knockout rounds

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Like a bolt of lightning, Eder brought life to the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse.

The Inter man dribbled across the 18 and blasted life into a boring game with an 88th minute goal that sent Italy to the knockout rounds of EURO 2016.

For Sweden, it means beating Belgium in the group stage finale is a must.

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The first half didn’t provide much of anything, as Italy seemed content to settle for a draw if Sweden didn’t provide a breakdown.

And Sweden couldn’t find Zlatan Ibrahimovic in dangerous positions on the field, nor generate any significant threat.

Ibrahimovic should’ve belted Sweden into the lead on the doorstep, and was not only offside but popped the ball over the goal.

Italy started to find more dangerous chances in the final 15 minutes, with Marco Parolo hitting a volley off the outside of the net from an acute angle.

Soon after, Eder found the winner.