Euro 2020: Italy opens tournament with perfect win against Turkey

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Turkey 0-3 Italy

Italy kicked off Euro 2020 in style with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both scored in the Group A opener.

Roberto Mancini’s side put on an emphatic showing after Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli had opened the tournament singing Italia ’90 anthem Nessun Dorma on the pitch pre-match.

Turkey managed to frustrate their opponents for 45 minutes but faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral put through on his net (53) following a tasty Domenico Berardi cross.

That opened the game up which suited Italy’s aggressive and attack-minded style as Immobile (66) and Insigne (79) added further weight to Italy’s margin of victory.

It was the first time in 39 European Championship matches that Italy had scored more than two goals in a game.

Ciro Immobile puts Italy 2-0 up against Turkey in the Euro 2020 opening match in Rome
Image:Ciro Immobile put Italy 2-0 up against Turkey

Mancini’s side – who played with great energy off the ball – are now unbeaten in 28 internationals (W23 D5) since going down 1-0 to Portugal in Lisbon in the UEFA Nations League in 2018.

Player Ratings

Turkey Cakir (6), Celik (6), Demiral (5), Soyuncu (5), Tufan (6), Yokuslu (6), Meras (5), Yazici (5), Calhanoglu (5), Yilmaz (5), Karaman (5)

Subs: Under (6), Ayhan (5), Dervisoglu (5), Kahveci (5)

Italy: Donnarumma (7), Florenzi (7), Locatelli (7), Bonucci (7), Chiellini (8), Spinazzola (8), Jorginho (7), Beradi (8), Barella (7), Insigne (8), Immobile (8)

Subs: XXX, XXX, XXX

Man of the match: Giorgio Chiellini