With an easy victory over Turkey, Italy kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign.


With an easy victory over Turkey, Italy kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign.

Italy got off to a victorious start in Euro 2020 with a 3-0 victory over Turkey at the Olympic Stadium in Rome in the opening match.

Italy took the lead thanks to an own goal by Turkey defender Merih Demiral early in the second half, and their strong performance was rewarded with goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.

Roberto Mancini’s side is now unbeaten in 28 games, having last lost in November 2018 against Portugal, and has sent a clear message to Europe’s other top teams with a strong effort in their ninth straight victory.

Italy, who won all ten of their Euro qualifiers, could have won by a larger margin had Turkey, their tired-looking Group A foe, not been overrun.

A quarter-full stadium of 16,000 fans in the Italian capital witnessed a stunning opening ceremony.

Andrea Bocelli sang Nessun Dorma on the pitch after fireworks, enormous footballs, suspended drummers, and the unfurling of competing nations’ flags.

It was an enthralling spectacle, and the first game had a lot to live up to, with both teams attacking at a fast pace.

Insigne of Napoli curled the greatest first-half chance beyond in the 17th minute as Italy, who lost on penalties to Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, pinned their opponents back for the majority of the first 45 minutes.

Ciro Immobile headed off target before his low attempt was well stopped by Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, who also turned Giorgio Chiellini’s header over from a corner.

When a cross touched Mehmet Zeki elik’s arm, Dutch referee Danny Makkelie was unhappy, and VAR backed up his decision soon before halftime.

In the 53rd minute, Italy rightfully broke the deadlock. Domenico Berardi took advantage of Umut Meras’ mistake in the area, and his hard cross was deflected into the net by Demiral’s chest.

Cakir was forced into a scrambling low save to keep Manuel Locatelli’s shot out as Mancini’s side pushed in search of a second goal.

Turkey was already starting to show signs of fatigue when Italy scored their second goal in the 66th minute.

The work of Leonardo Spinazzola. (This is a brief piece.)


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