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- Demiral (o.g.)53'
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- FlorenziDi Lorenzo45'
Turkey - Italy
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It’s all over in Rome and anyone who underestimated Italy before this tournament will not be making that mistake again. Roberto Mancini’s side have been superb tonight and celebrate a richly deserved 3-0 win to open their Group A account in style.
Turkey conjure up their best chance of the game deep in stoppage time, but Yilmaz is denied at the near post by a brilliant sliding block by Chiellini. Terrific defending.
- Yellow cardHalil DervisogluTurkey
Tempers have frayed a bit here as Turkey show some frustration.
- Yellow cardÇaglar SöyüncüTurkey
It's taken 88 minutes but we've seen the first booking of the tournament, and it's a deserved one too.
Italy have this game in the bag but they’re still pouring forward looking for more, making a real statement of their championship credentials. Next up for Mancini’s side it’s Switzerland (again in Rome) next Wednesday.
Turkey had a plan, but will need to show a lot more attacking intent next time out in Group A against Wales on Wednesday afternoon.
- GoalLorenzo InsigneItaly
GOOOAAALLL!!! Done and dusted, and it’s Insigne who makes the game safe with a lovely finish. He’s found himself in space often tonight, but this time it all comes from a really poor clearance and a wide-open Insigne makes no mistake with a finish into the far bottom corner. 3-0.
Immobile drops back looking for a cut-back, but Cristante whips his cross across the face of the goal instead.
Turkey are really struggling to even get hold of the ball now, let alone mount a convincing attempt at a comeback. Their gameplan was only going to work if they kept the game level until about this time; chasing a 2-0 deficit involves a tactical overhaul that doesn’t appear to be within the squad’s capabilities against an opponent this strong.
The Italians have dropped their tempo slightly, but only to secure even more control of the game.
Italy have been outstanding tonight. It looked for a while like Turkey would frustrate them, but they kept their patience and shape and have reaped the rewards.
- GoalCiro ImmobileItaly
GOOOAALLL!!! Is that the game for Italy? Immobile gets the goal that his performance has deserved, latching onto a rebound save to tuck home the Italians’ second. 2-0.
- OffOkay YokusluTurkey
- OnIrfan KahveciTurkey
That means Turkey’s whole central midfield has now been replaced.
- OffOzan TufanTurkey
- OnKaan AyhanTurkey
Two more changes for Turkey...
Berardi gets a rush of blood to the head as a poor clearance drops straight to him in the box. His shot slides well wide of the far post and host of unmarked teammates in the box make their dissatisfaction known.
Italy are swarming all over Turkey here and it feels like a second goal isn’t far away. This time another decent attempt from range is scrambled around the post by Cakir.
Turkey give the ball away in midfield and Insigne nearly punishes them, only for his shot on the edge of the box taking a deflection wide.
Spinazzola gets into the box from full-back and fires a shot away from an angle that is well saved by the Turkey keeper. Italy have their tails up after that goal.
- Own-goalMerih DemiralTurkey
GOOOAAALLL!!! Italy have the lead and it’s an extremely unfortunate own-goal. Italy carve the defence open and Berardi smashes a cross right into the mixer, where there’s nothing that an off-balance Demiral can do as the ball strikes him and cannons into the net. 1-0.
Under has made a real difference to Turkey’s attacking threat and he wins the ball before launching a solo attack. It’s the right option given the lack of support, but he can’t shrug off the covering defenders and his effort takes a touch through to the keeper.
That’s better from Turkey, who break through Yilmaz but this time with two players up with him. Under is slightly unfortunate not to get a free-kick when taken out down the left.
- OffYusuf YaziciTurkey
- OnCengiz ÜnderTurkey
And Turkey have brought on another attacking option.
- OffAlessandro FlorenziItaly
- OnGiovanni Di LorenzoItaly
Italy have mixed things up.
- 2nd Half
The game gets back underway in Rome and both teams have made changes at the break.
- End of 1st Half
The half-time whistle goes and Italy crowd the referee to protest that non-penalty decision. What could be an unpleasant moment is dispersed quickly by Chiellini and the teams head down the tunnel.
Italy appeal for a penalty and it’s being checked by VAR, but the decisions isn’t made, much to the Italians’ frustration. It does feel a little bit like it’s a deliberate ploy from Italy to hit crosses at defenders from close-range when there isn’t space for anything better, but it’s not being met with much from the officials.
Yilmaz charges into the box and dives for a penalty. It’s not the first attempt to win a spot-kick in the game (all the others have been from the Italians) but it’s by far the least subtle. Chiellini laughs as he picks the Lille striker up.
Immobile darts into a pocket of space at the end of a sharp move, but his shot is comfortably saved.
Italy build again, but Turkey have literally everybody back, and it’s extremely tough to create anything when faced with such a daunting bank of deep defenders.
This time it’s Berardi who has a go from range, but it doesn’t trouble Ugurcan Cakir.
Insigne finds space on the edge of the box, and not for the first time either, but his shot is tame, straight down the throat of the keeper.
Yilmaz makes the run again for Turkey, this time down the left, and his cross very nearly picks out a red shirt in the box, and it would have done were it not for Donnarumma punching it clear.
Italy have enjoyed 67% of possession so far in this game, and it feels like it too (if not more tbh).
Immobile backs away and tries to get a header away under pressure from two defenders, but can’t quite get it on target. That was a decent effort to even produce that tbh.
Insigne darts into the box and flashes a ball across the box, which is deflected behind. The corner comes to nothing but immediately the ball is back under Italy’s control and the pattern starts all over again.
Italy pop it about nicely in midfield as the game goes into a brief lull. It’s slow build-up but still threatening somehow.
Barella has a pop from range, but it’s wild and flies well over the bar.
Italy have been by far the better team so far, but you can see what Turkey’s plan is, and they are obviously good at it too. The defence is organised, there are numbers shielding in midfield too, and then it’s all about trying to find the runs of Yilmaz and working off him. It’s a tough gig for the 35-year-old but he’s in fine form and will always pose a threat.
The resulting corner almost falls to Chiellini again, but he doesn’t get the connection he wants with a flick-on, and was probably offside in any case.
Stunning from Cakir in the Turkey goal as he pulls off a terrific save to tip Chiellini’s wonderful header over the bar. So close to 1-0.
Italy appeal strongly for a penalty, but there’s not much in that, and the video assistant referees (who are based in Nyon for this tournament) agree.
Italy are really ticking now and a lovely move finds Insigne just inside the corner of the box. He looks to bend a shot into the far bottom corner, but it shaves the wrong side of the post.
A nice attacking move from Italy threatens to open up the red-shirted defence, but a double-deflection sends the ball spinning behind for a goal-kick. It’s been a quality start to the game though, not as cagey as you often get in a tournament opener.
That’s encouraging for Turkey as a long pass down the flank picks out the run of Yilmaz, who whips in a cross. It comes to nothing on this occasion, but that’s the game-plan from Turkey and it could well work.
It’s been a lively start from Italy, who are looking really smooth in midfield, where Jorginho is pulling the strings at the base of their classy midfield three.
The atmosphere in Rome is incredible. It’s hard to believe this stadium is only a quarter full, which of course it has to be due to Covid restrictions.
A decent chance early on as Italy keep a move alive down the right and Immobile tries a clever flicked effort from the resulting cross that flies into the side-netting.
- 1st Half
EURO 2020 HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED! Turkey, kitted out all in red, get the game underway. Italy are their white away strip, which feels slightly strange given this is in Rome, but that’s something we’ll have to get used to in this unusual tournament.
The players are ready, we’re just waiting for the ball… and here it comes, carried by a remote-controlled car that doubles as presumably a very expensive advert.
Wowzers, both anthems are well-observed, by the Italian one, with a home crowd present, is absolutely belted out. This feels pretty special.
Goosebumps. Love that. Now it’s time for the anthems!
The stadium in Rome is cloaked in smoke after a frankly superb opening ceremony (which isn’t something you can say often about those pre-tournament productions).
One of the big issues for Italy at this tournament is how to get the most out of their strike pairing, who so far haven’t really replicated their club form in the blue of the national team. For more on that and the other major Italian talking points, here’s Eurosport’s Paul Hassall and Carlo Filippo Vardelli.
Roberto Mancini has been extremely well received as Italy coach so far, and Eurosport’s Italian expert Paolo Pegoraro has given a bit of insight into the style of play we’ll see tonight against Turkey.
" Mancini uses 4-3-3 in a 'Catalan-way', sort of tiki-taka revisited for Italy. It's quality football, when it works, with accurate short passing and an emphasis on retaining possession."
Italy go into this team without the array of glittering stars we have sometimes seen in the past. But it’s a good team with an impressive style and, importantly, a potentially simple route through the opening half of the tournament.
This isn’t Senol Gunes’ first stint in charge of Turkey of course. The veteran manager led his nation to a superb third-place finish at the 2002 World Cup during his first spell in charge. This time around he has fewer major stars to call upon, but there’s a ton of young talent in the Turkey squad, while 35-year-old forward Burak Yilmaz is coming off the back of an excellent club season with Lille.
But Turkey manager Senol Gunes has looked to play down expectations ahead of the tournament, by pointing out that his side are the lowest ranked side in a group containing Wales and Switzerland as well as tonight’s opponents Italy. "All our rivals are above us in the FIFA rankings," Güneş said. "If I was looking from outside, I'd say Italy would top the group with the other three teams fighting for the second spot."
There’s so much going on in that Turkey squad that two Turkish stars make our rather exclusive list of players to watch from outside the traditional western European giants:
Turkey are a bit of a dark horse for these Euros, and for good reason. Not only are Senos Gunes’ side in one of the more straightforward groups to qualify from (in theory at least), but they have a squad packed full of youth and potential – Turkey are the youngest squad in the tournament with an average age of just 24 years and 11 months, just ahead of England (25 years and three months).
Italy will be led by former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini at Euro 2020 and beyond, with the coach recently having signed a long-term contract with the association. And Mancini believes that tonight’s game is a chance for the national team to give the country something to smile about after an extremely testing year:
" Now that we are hopefully seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, we want to make people happy and entertain them for at least 90 minutes, he said. The first match is always the most difficult. We must shake off the tension and not think about other things, just focus on doing our work and what we need to get done. There will be a little more pressure with it being the opening game of the tournament, and Turkey are packed with talent, but it remains a football match and we have to focus on that."
Of course, this is the first tournament to be held right across Europe (whether that’s totally wise given the whole pandemic situation is another matter), so tonight sees the first of the tournament’s many ‘home’ teams hosting a match. Italy have largely flown under the radar in build-up to the tournament, but the combination of a strong squad and a supposedly easier side of the draw means they could be a real challenger.
Does anyone else feel like a kid at Christmas? We’re just an hour away from the opening game of the much-anticipated European Championship: Italy vs Turkey in Group A. Kick-off in Rome is at 20:00 BST.