The Azzurri scored three second-half goals. Depending on this they lay down a marker in the opening game of EURO 2020.
Italy scored three goals against Turkey. Also, it is an unknown fact that for the first time in their history they swept aside Turkey. Also, it is the opening game of UEFA EURO 2020 in Rome.
Match in Brief:
The Italians garb a win in the opening fixture of EURO 2020. Also, it is their biggest ever win in the competition. Also, they were forced to bide their time in a frustrating first period. Turkey goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır denied a powerful Giorgio Chiellini’s header. For this, it was level at the break.
The wait did not stay for long after the restart. Eight minutes into the second half, Domenico Berardi drove into the area and thumped in a low cross of such venom. Merih Demiral could not adjust his body to deflect it clear, instead inadvertently sending it into his net. The Azzurri got a deserving lead.
Ciro Immobile opened his finals account 13 minutes later. He got a chance from a loose ball and firing past Uğurcan. Turkey had no answer to the home side’s fluidity in Rome. Also, Lorenzo Insigne, inflicted further damage when he curled in a wonderful third 11 minutes from time.
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: “We played well. With it being the first match, it wasn’t easy and we were up against a good team. The crowd helped us, and we needed to move the ball quickly.”
Şenol Güneş, Turkey coach: “It was not our day. We started to lose the ball and couldn’t get forward. Italy was better – we lost to the better team. This is a tournament. We have two more games. We will prepare ourselves for the Wales game first.”
Leonardo Spinazzola, Star of the Match: “It was a perfect performance. It started on the bus towards the stadium – seeing all the fans gave us goosebumps. We were patient; we moved the ball around well.”
Ciro Immobile, Italy forward: “We showed patience in the first half. Turkey is a strong side. We tried to tire them out, moving the ball left and right and trying to spread them. Unfortunately, we struggled to break their wall. After the goal they had to open up some space, so that’s when our quality emerged. I want to thank my mother for giving me the sense of how to be in the right place at the right time.”
Leonardo Bonucci, Italy defender: “It is the first race of what we hope will be a long journey. There must be enthusiasm now, but we need to remain humble. We must be aware that we can be competitive against everyone if we put on the pitch what we put today.”
Lorenzo Insigne, Italy forward: “We made a slow start but we managed to recover and score three goals in the second half. Mancini told us to remain calm and focused on the game – that’s what we did and, finally, we achieved our goal. It was great to play in front of our fans.”
Italy scored more than two goals in a EURO match for the first time. Also, it came in their 39th finals outing.
Italy has won their last nine matches without conceding a goal. Also, they scored 28 in the process.
The Azzurri are 28 games unbeaten (W23 D5). Lastly, they lost in September 2018 (vs Portugal).
Merih Demiral’s own goal was only the tenth in EURO history.
The Azzurri have won all 12 games when Immobile has registered for them.
Italy has not conceded more than one goal in any of their last 31 matches.
Italy is 11 matches unbeaten against Turkey (W8 D3).
Turkey has lost their opening match in all five EUROs they have contested.
The Crescent-Stars suffered only their third defeat in 21 games (W9 D9 L3).
Turkey: Uğurcan Çakır; Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, Çağlar Söyüncü, Umut Meraş; Okay Yokuşlu (İrfan Can Kahveci 65), Ozan Tufan (Kaan Ayhan 64), Yusuf Yazıcı (Cengiz Ünder 46), Kenan Karaman (Halil Dervişoğlu 76), Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Burak Yılmaz
Italy: Donnarumma; Florenzi (Di Lorenzo 46), Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli (Cristante 74); Berardi (Bernardeschi 85), Immobile (Belotti 81), Insigne (Chiesa 81)