Italy down Turkey in Euro 2020 opener
|Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after sealing the result at Estadio Olympico against Turkey. It ended 3-0. (Photo credit: UEFA.com)
Anyone that saw Turkey against The Netherlands in a friendly sometime in March would actually explain an entertaining game at the opening game of the rescheduled Euro 2020 against Italy, the exact reverse was the case.
Played at the
Estadio Olympico is Rome, Italy, Italy dominated from start to finish and you
can count on your fingers the amount of time the Turkish side saw the box 18 of
Roberto Mancini named a very strong squad, with Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile
and Domenico Berrardi starting up front, veteran defender Georgio Chiellini was
on hand to lead the Italians out.
half was a boring affair to watch, there were more handball shouts by Italy
than there were forward forays by Turkey who seemed to have a game plan of
defending deep, you could almost wonder if they headed into the game without
goalless first half, a player very familiar with the Italian faces on show on
the night from the Turkish side did the honours as Merih Demiral diverted a
Berardi effort past his own goalkeeper for the first goal of the tournament.
One would think the goal would make Turkey change game plan, as much as they wanted to avoid defeat at all cost and take the battle to the other two in the group.
Turkey failed to exert any pressure and Ciro Immobile was soon wheeling away in celebration after scoring from a rebound.
time for Insigne to add the third with an exquisite finish, completing a quite
historic night as Italy scored three in a European game for the first time.
The win put Italy
in the driving seat in the group ahead of Wales game against Switzerland on