ITALY kicked off the delayed Euro 2020 with a thumping 3-0 victory over Turkey in Rome.
Andrea Bocelli sung Nessun Dorma before the opening match of the tournament and it proved to be the perfect background tune as the Azzurri passed their opponents to death.
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Italy kicked off Euro 2020 with a victory over Turkey[/caption]
Merih Demiral’s own goal broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half[/caption]
Ciro Immobile soon grabbed a deserved second for the Azzurri[/caption]
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Roberto Mancini’s side dominated the first half but were unable to find a breakthrough.
However they did not have to wait too long after the restart for their pressure to tell and the deadlock broken.
It was winger Domenico Berardi, who had been a constant thorn in the Turkish defence all game, who had a huge hand in the opener.
He raced into the box down the right and drove the ball across the face of goal.
He was looking for Ciro Immobile, but it was the unfortunate Merih Demiral who got to it first but put the ball into his own net.
That had the 16,000 fans in attendance at the Stadio Olimpico – and it got better shortly afterwards.
Immobile was the man who got their second after more good work from Berardi.
The star played the ball across the box for Leonardo Spinazzola, whose shot was blocked by Ugurcan Cakir, but the Lazio striker reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball.
Lorenzo Insigne then put the icing on the cake with a delightful third ten minutes from time.
And that proved to be enough as Italy extended their unbeaten run to 28 matches and sent out a message to the rest of Europe’s powerhouses on the opening night.
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Lorenzo Insigne then scored a delightful third as Turkey crumbled[/caption]
Roberto Martinez’s Italy side are now 28 matches unbeaten[/caption]
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Ciro Immobile celebrates after he doubled Italy’s advantage[/caption]
Turkey’s Merih Demiral (No3) looks heartbroken after scoring his own goal[/caption]
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