UEFA EURO 2020: Merih Demiral’s own goal put Italy ahead before Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne scored for Roberto Mancini’s side in Group A’s opener.
Italy got their Euro 2020 mission underway with an amazing 3-0 victory over Turkey in the curtain-raiser for the deferred continental competition before their home fans in Rome on Friday. Playing their first significant competition in quite a while in the wake of neglecting to meet all requirements for the 2018 World Cup, every one of the objectives came in the subsequent half before a Stadio Olimpico that was filled. Merih Demiral’s own goal put Italy ahead before Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne got for Roberto Mancini’s side in Group A’s opener.
The success covered a passionate night in the Italian capital which saw 16,000 fans get back to the Stadio Olimpico.
“It was important to start well in Rome and I think it’s a satisfaction for the public and Italians,” said Mancini, whose side is now on a 28-match unbeaten run.
“There was a lot of help from the crowd. It was a beautiful evening, I hope there are many others, but there are still six more for Wembley.”
“We were hoping for another result, but Italy was dominant,” said Turkey coach Senol Gunes.
“The first goal changed things in the second half and we lost control of the game.”
There was a gathering climate, with a tremendous sound and light show before start off for the launch of the month-long 24-team event, which will be played across 11 nations.
There was a performance by the Italian National Police orchestra, a motorcade of enormous inflatable balloons on the pitch, tenor Andrea Bocelli sang ‘Nessun Dorma’ before a virtual exhibition from Martin Garrix, Bono, and The Edge.
Former Italy World Cup champs Alessandro Nesta and Francesco Totti, who played for Lazio and Roma during their vocations at the Stadio Olimpico, conveyed the ball to the focal point of the pitch before start off.
On the pitch, Italy ruled almost immediately with a three-man assault drove by Immobile, who plays for Lazio.
The 31-year-old had a few close to misses in the principal half, facing a strong Turkey safeguard who stood their ground.
Turkey could likewise thank goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir for pulling off a major save on 23 minutes, tipping over Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini’s powerful goal-bound header off an Insigne corner.
Italy at long last got on the scoreboard eight minutes after the break when the unlucky Demiral wound up in the way of a Federico Berardi cross for Immobile, the Juventus defender packaging the ball into his net.
Leonardo Spinazzola had a chance for a second minutes later, with Immobile sending the rebound wide.
Immobile at last got his objective, his fourteenth for Italy, and first in a significant competition, in the 66th minute, scoring from a bounce back after Cakir had saved from Spinazzola.
What’s more, Insigne curled into third with 11 minutes to go.
Sassuolo winger Berardi had a job in each of the three objectives, with Italy scoring three without precedent for a European Championship match.
Each of the three Italy attackers demonstrated productivity on the night with a defense coordinated around Juventus veterans Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci holding firm, getting a 10th consecutive clean sheet.
“We struggled at the start, we tried to accelerate but we hit a wall,” said Immobile.
“In the second half, they were a little more tired, they tried to rush us but the spaces opened up, and we saw our quality at that time.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma was to a great extent unworried in the Italy objective apart from a hazardous Burak Yilmaz cross after 30 minutes and a performance pursue by Cengiz Under falling off the seat after the break.
“From a tactical point of view, Italy was superior,” said Gunes.
“Italy mastered the pitch and the ball. They suffocated us with pressing and high pace, and they took advantage of playing at home.
We have to react now.”
Italy, searching for a second European title after 1968, next play Switzerland in Rome on Wednesday, with 2008 semi-finalists Turkey taking on Wales in Baku.