Italy scored three goals in a EURO match for the first time in their history as they swept aside Turkey in the opening game of UEFA EURO 2020 in Rome.
he Italians laid down a marker in the opening fixture of EURO 2020 with their biggest ever win in the competition, but they were forced to bide their time in a frustrating first period. Wasteful finishing and a moment of brilliance from goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır to deny a powerful Giorgio Chiellini header meant it was level at the break.
It did not stay that way for long after the restart. Eight minutes into the second half, Domenico Berardi drove into the area and thumped in a low cross of such venom that Merih Demiral could not adjust his body to deflect it clear, instead inadvertently sending it into his own net. The Azzurri were up and running.
Ciro Immobile opened his finals account 13 minutes later, pouncing on a loose ball and firing past Uğurcan. Turkey had no answer to the home side’s fluidity in Rome, and Lorenzo Insigne inflicted further damage when he curled in a wonderful third 11 minutes from time. Italy will take some stopping on this evidence.
“Italy’s most dangerous player in the first half, coming from deep on the left. He kept that up in the second period and created the second goal with his effort that the keeper could only parry to the feet of Immobile.”
Italy controlled the game from the start. Turkey tried to stay calm, patient and stick to the game plan of looking for counterattacks, but Italy kept possession and the danger levels kept rising. Things may have been different if the Crescent-Stars had not conceded so early in the second half, but it was all downhill after Merih Demiral’s own goal. Italy clearly deserved this one. Now Turkey have to focus on their meeting with Wales in Baku.