Italy defeated Turkey in the opening game of the EURO 2020 tournament, with 3-0 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Much easier than expected, Azzurri recorded a triumph against the team that many considered a potential surprise at this championship. Italy’s absolute domination on the field produced three goals in the second 45 minutes.
At first, Merih Demiral hit the back of his own net in the 53rd minute, which turned out to be a morale-killer for the Turkish side who just sunk after this situation.
Some thirteen minutes later, Ciro Immobile, the former European Golden Boot, doubled the lead before Lorenzo Insigne’s score in the 79th minute. This was the ninth consecutive triumph for Italy in which they haven’t conceded at least one goal, and a clear statement to all other rivals about their intentions to win the title.
The fact that Turkey recorded its first shot towards the goal in the 51st-minute tells everything. Even though they had solid support from the stands, Senol Gunes’ boys were helpless against Azzurri, who had chances to take the lead much earlier. Chiellini and Immobile missed nice opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, but that didn’t cost their team a lot.
Demiral’s own goal was after Domenico Berardi’s cross from the right side, with the ball deflecting from Juve’s center-back directly into the net. Once smelling the blood, the Italians were all over the Turkish team, pressuring them and constantly attacking, looking to end this match as soon as possible.
Ciro Immobile showed why many consider him the best striker inside the box, as his reaction doubled the Italians’ lead. He was at the right place at the right time, quickly picking up one deflected ball and calmly executing.
Lazio’s striker assisted Insigne for the third goal, putting his hands on the MoM award. After a big mistake, immobile stole one ball from the Turkish defenders and immediately passed it towards Insigne, who routinely scored.
Italy now faces Switzerland in the derby of the group, while Turkey meets Wales in a match they need to win. Otherwise, the EURO 2020 will probably be over for them.
In tomorrow’s games, we have Belgium facing Russia, Denmark meeting Finland, and in the second match of Group A, Wales clashing with Switzerland.