June 16, 2021

Euro 2020 – Group A – Italy largely dominates Turkey in opening match (3-0), Immobile and Scorers badge

Italy nicely celebrated its comeback in international competition. Friday night in Rome, the Nazionale who had missed the 2018 World Cup started the Euro perfectly by outclassing Turkey in the opening match (3-0). In a completely one-sided encounter, Demiral scored against his camp (53rd) then the enterprising Immobile (66th) and Insigne (79th) logically worsened the score against absolutely harmless Turks. The Italians take the lead of Group A in which Wales and Switzerland will meet in Baku on Saturday (3 p.m.).

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Aligned with its three Lille Yilmaz, Yazici and Celik, Turkey immediately adopted a very cautious strategy for this first of the 51 matches of the tournament. She fell back into her own half to form a wall in front of Çakir’s box and, visibly impressed with the opening ceremony or the stake, simply failed to cross the center line. Despite his usual resentment, Yilmaz found himself all alone trying to squeeze while his partners turned out to be curiously timid.

No penalty for Italy

Opposite, Italy was able to monopolize the ball in the opposing camp despite the absence of injury from Parisian Verratti. If the right winger Berardi and the left-back Spinazzola have regularly and nicely collided, Roberto Mancini’s men have somewhat lacked collective inspiration to effectively combine against a compact block. They still made more attempts and Insigne opened his right foot too much (18th), Bonucci took his long shot too far (20th) and Immobile saw Soyuncu counter his with his hands but did not get a penalty in because of the new more flexible rule on this kind of contentious action (21st).

If the Transalpins have generally very badly negotiated their set pieces, Chiellini forced Çakir to turn away, with a tap, his beautiful head on a corner (22nd). The goalkeeper was Turkey’s most prominent player of the night as Celik put the brakes on a retreating Spinazzola cross with his hand into his box just before the break without being penalized. Yazici, him, remained in the locker room at the resumption and was replaced by Under who could not be more evident except on a solo cons (51st).

24 shots against 3

On the Italian side, Florenzi had also given way to Di Lorenzo for a second period during which the Nazionale clearly gained momentum by being sharper in the face of overwhelmed Turks because they were hesitant in their strategy. In serious difficulty, the central hinge logically cracked and Demiral pushed a small center from Berardi into his own net (0-1, 53rd).

The situation being unblocked, the Italians let go and still raised the tone. On the lookout at six meters after a shot from Spinazzola repelled by Çakir, Immobile was able to double the bet to sign his 14th goal in 47 caps (0-2, 66th). The Lazio center forward then turned into a decisive passer after an interception from Berardi then a relay from Barella and Insigne was able to conclude this rapid sequence of a recovery perfectly wound on the left (0-3, 79th) .

The talented Neapolitan is now at 9 achievements in 42 capes. Squadra Azzura, it ends its first match with a total of 24 attempts against 3 and confirms its renewal with this successful start and a 28th game in a row without defeat (23 successes). This will require confirmation against Switzerland on Wednesday, June 16, but its odds are likely to skyrocket.

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