Five later, the Euro made its comeback this Friday! The 2020 edition, postponed to this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, opened today at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with a meeting between Turkey and Italy in group A. Of course, the two formations had for objective to take the three points in this first confrontation, especially in the group stage where everything goes very quickly in three matches. On the Turkish side, Şenol Güneş lined up a 4-1-4-1 with the three LOSC players Celik, Yazici and Yilmaz in the starting XI. Opposite, Roberto Mancini’s Italy came in 4-3-3 and relied in particular on Immobile in front to shake the nets. In front of their home crowd, the Italians took matters into their own hands against a quickly disappointing Turkish team. We were starting to watch a handball match with the ball spinning in front of Turkey’s surface. Insignia also lit the first fuse but it did not work since the frame gave way (18th). But the first big opportunity came. On a corner, Chiellini played with his marking to place his head but Çakır took off perfectly (22nd).
It was hot in the Turkish area but Yilmaz and his family offered nothing at all, with zero shots in the first period … Motionless, he tried to shake the nets twice (33rd, 43rd), in vain . And this first period ended with a small controversy with an unsanctioned hand from Celik in the area (45th). But the start of the second half was perfect for Roberto Mancini’s men. Found on the right, Berardi centered strongly and the unfortunate Demiral scored against his camp with the chest (53rd, 0-1). A logical goal as the Italians dominated the debates. And they didn’t stop there. After the opportunity of Locatelli (58th), Insigne took advantage of a shot rejected by the Turkish goalkeeper to double the setting without pressure (66th, 0-2). Behind, Insigne imitated him by scoring with an unstoppable curled shot (79th, 0-3). The Turks did not find the frame once with a single shot throughout the game. At home, Italy won this first match of Euro 2020 by a score of 3-0. Turkey already has no room for error.