Italy overwhelm Turkey in Euro 2020 opener
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Italy have kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign in style as they finished 3-0 in the tournament opener against Turkey. Forwards Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both registered their names on the scoresheet as well.

After a quite silent half, Roberto Mancini’s side put on an emphatic show in the second quarter.

Once Turkey scored an own goal to give the match opener to Italy, Mancini’s men netted two goals in quick succession to decide the game in their favour.

This opened the game wide for Italy, who made the most of the game’s pace and became more aggressive.

Mancini’s attack-minded style then boosted Immobile to score in the 66th minute while Insigne also found back of the net in the 79th minute to give a blistering start to the team in Euro 2020.

Speaking about the game in a post-match interview, Italy boss Roberto Mancini said: “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 it was crucial for us to move the ball quickly.”

On the other hand, Turkey manager Şenol Güneş felt that it was not Turkey’s day.

“We started to lose the ball and couldn’t get forward. Italy were 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,” he told the media.

This was the first time in Italy’s last 39 matches that the side scored more than two goals in a EURO match.

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What seems to be a major and positive takeaway for the Azzurri is that the players showed great energy off the ball. Moreover, they are now unbeaten in 28 internationals (W23 D5).

The last they suffered was loss was to Portugal (1-0) in Lisbon in the UEFA Nations League in 2018.

After the game, Ciro Immobile said that Italy tried to show patience in the first half and tried to tire the opposition out.

“Turkey are 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,” the Italian forward remarked.

Lorenzo Insigne had a similar stance. He said: “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.”

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: Di Lorenzo (7), Belotti (6), Chiesa (6), Christante (7)


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