Roberto Mancini made eight changes to his side but retained the services of Jorginho in midfield, while Emerson Palmieri made his first appearance at a major finals at left-back in a tweaked back four. For Wales, Ethan Ampadu came in as the middle centre-back in a three-man defence as one of their three alterations from last time out.
As expected, the hosts enjoyed most of the play and ended the game with 23 goal attempts, six of which were on target. The first of that half-dozen was taken by Emerson, who was handed licence to roam forward endlessly from left-back. The 26-year-old fired in a decent effort after 15 minutes but saw Wales keeper Danny Ward make a comfortable stop.
The defender also saw a speculative penalty appeal waved away on the half-hour mark, while Jorginho continued his excellent tournament form busying himself in central areas, alongside the returning Marco Verratti and goalscorer Pessina.
The Chelsea number five was withdrawn after 75 minutes and exited the action with an incredible 98 per cent pass completion, alongside two key passes and two take-ons.