Three second-half goals gave Italy a 3-0 win over Turkey in the opening match of the European Championship.


Ciro Immobile who as always find it difficult to replicate is Club form in the National team kicked in a rebound from close range and Lorenzo Insigne added another following a poor clearance. Both came after an own-goal from Turkey defender Merih Demiral had given Italy the lead.


The Italians dominated from the start but were denied in the first half by a superb save from Turkey goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır and a decision by the referee not to award a penalty for an apparent handball.

Turkey who have the youngest squad in the competition had no single shot on target all through the game.

After an opening ceremony with fireworks, drummers and a performance from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Italy attacked from the first whistle but struggled to create chances in the first half.

Giorgio Chiellini saw his header tipped over by Cakir and Italy appealed in vain for a penalty when the ball struck Zeki Celik’s arm.

Italy made 24 attempts at goal , eight of those on target. Their front three of Insigne, Immobile and Berardi were all excellent. Jorginho kept things ticking over in the middle. They have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 8 games.

The Italians continue their unbeaten run in Rome ,they have never lost a game in there will ,it’s now 56 games without a defeat in Rome.


The tournament began a year late because of the covid-19 pandemic and is still being called Euro 2020.