With a commanding 3-0 victory over Turkey on the first night of Euro 2020, Italy set the tone early.
Few expected Roberto Mancini’s team to win the Henri Delaunay Trophy, but bettors may be changing their minds after the Italians appeared miles ahead of their opponents on a hot night in Rome.

Italy deservedly won thanks to an own goal from Merih Demiral and goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, while Turkey was disappointed considering the talent, though inexperienced, available to coach Senol Gunes.

Italy will have tougher tests in the future, but the Azzurri were rewarded for their patience in the first game of this postponed competition.

Andrea Bocelli’s dramatic rendition of Nessun Dorma at the opening ceremony appeared to be the lone highlight of the night for much of the game, as both teams battled to create any rhythm in the early exchanges.
Insigne performed a lovely one-two with Italy teammate Domenico Berardi, but the Napoli attacker dragged his shot wide while well positioned in the penalty area in the first half
Italy was clearly the better team, but it struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Acrobatic stop from Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir was forced by veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini’s header from a corner, despite his effort appeared to be going over the crossbar.
Turkey’s young and talented team entered Euro 2020 with high expectations, despite their lack of experience. Burak Yilmaz, the team’s captain, is eight years older than the rest of the squad at 35 years old, having just helped Lille win Ligue 1.
Early on, the striker struggled to gain a foothold in the game, frequently finding himself alone as Turkey only had 37% possession in the first half. In reality, Yilmaz was obliged to spend more time in his own penalty area, assisting in the defense of wave after wave of Italian attackers, than he did in the opponent’s box.
Fortunately, the game picked up in the early stages of the second half as Italy came out of the locker room with a lot more vigour.
It only took eight minutes for the deadlock to be broken, and it was Turkey defender Demiral who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, deflecting Domenico Berardi’s low cross into his own net.
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome erupted, despite the fact that it was only half full due to Covid-19 limits, and it wasn’t long until Italian supporters were celebrating number two.
Berardi was at the center of it again, sending the ball to the far post for Leonardo Spinazzola, whose blocked shot fell perfectly at Immobile’s feet to slide the ball into the far corner.
Italy had been on autopilot for the entire of the game, and Insigne added the cherry on top with just 10 minutes remaining.
Immobile was eventually fed inside the box by Cakir’s errant ball, and the small winger made no mistake with a powerful first-time finish.
With such a powerful performance, Italy will have taken many people by surprise, including tonight’s unsuspecting opponents, and has no doubt put the other 23 nations on notice.
Switzerland will face Wales, the other two teams in Group A, on Saturday, while Denmark will face Finland and Russia will face Belgium in Group B.

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