- Italy capped off their return to the big stage with a convincing victory in front of their home fans
UEFA Euro 2020 belatedly kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, as Turkey and Italy locked horns in an intriguing Group A , EKO HOT BLOG gathered.
Opening games don’t usually produce too many goals, but Roberto Mancini and co re-wrote the script with a commanding 3-0 victory after a clinical second-half display.
Italy saw a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges and took control of the game, as they raced off the blocks and pressed Turkey’s backline.
Lorenzo Insigne looked lively on the left flank and was arguably the best player on the pitch in the first 45 minutes, as he saw a lot of the ball and tried to make things happen.
Turkey didn’t create too many chances and failed to retain the ball in midfield, as Italy dominated proceedings in the center of the park.
The best chance of the first half fell to veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini, whose header was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.
The game didn’t lack intensity, but neither side was able to break the deadlock in the first half.
Turkey lost a bit of discipline and composure in the second half and fell behind, albeit in unfortunate circumstances.
Domenico Berardi’s clever run and cross into the box was inadvertently turned into his own net by Merih Demiral, who couldn’t adjust his body in time to clear his lines.
Italy took control of the game minutes later and doubled their lead through Ciro Immobile. The Lazio striker showed his striker’s instinct with a close-range finish after Cakir had made a brilliant save to deny Leonardo Spinazzola.
Insigne capped off a fine performance with a superb goal late in the game, as he curled a right-footed shot into the back of the net after being played in by Immobile.
Cengiz Under came on as a second-half substitute and delivered an eye-catching cameo, but Turkey could not overturn the three-goal deficit despite their best efforts.
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