The game has ended between Turkey and Italy.
That was a hugely impressive performance from the Italians who backed up the long unbeaten run they have been on. The opening goal was fortunate, but they deserved the lead by that stage. Incisive passing, strong in midfield and options to come back into the side. The front players linked-up together well and can be satisfied with their work.
Very poor from Turkey though. They seemed to lack any sort of cohesion with their passing, were on the back foot in defence and offered little threat up front. They took the risk of sitting back in this game in hopes of stiffling the Italians and grind out a result. It backfired from the moment they went behind. They are now in danger in this group.
Wales and Switzerland play each other tomorrow in this group.
Late chance for a consolation for Turkey as Yilmaz is found in room inside the area. Chiellini is there to block him out there. Still life left in the old dog
Turkey have 3 more minutes of discomfort to last
Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) scores.
It comes from a poor kick-out from Cakir. He is only able to find an Italian attacker. Three swift passes and Isnigne is found on the left hand side. He curls one home into the corner
Italy are completely on top now at the moment and passing around the ball with a lot of confidence
Ciro Immobile (Italy) scores.
Italy get their second of the night. Berrardi is involved yet again to play the ball into the area. Leonardo Spinazzola has a snap-shot which Cakir is only able to parry. Immobile is on hand to slot home. Turkey claim in vain for a hand-ball against the Roma man Spinazzola but it is rejected
Cakir is forced into another save as Locatelli tries his luck on this occasion. He just pushes it around the post
Italy are the side on top and almost get a second. Insigne has a shot but it is deflected over.
Merih Demiral (Turkey) scores an own-goal!
Our first goal of the night and the tournament!
It is a disaster from the Turks viewpoint though. Berrardi is the man causing problems yet again. His ball into the area catches the defence by surprise. Demiral is facing his own goal when it hits his chest and trundles over the line. Italy probably deserve it but strange circumstances
Scoreless here at the break. Can either side manage to find that all important goal?
For all the good work from Italy so far, Cakir has not really been tested other than that header
Gianluigi Donnaruma slightly panics with a ball into the area but just about manages to punch it away
Burak Yilmaz has been starved off possession so far. Turkey need to be wiser with their passing rather than just lumping it away
Close! Insigne swings a corner in and Giorgio Cheillini is free just inside the twelve yard line. His header is tipped over. The sceond one is adjudged to have been offside
Big shout from the Italian players for a penalty. No dice though. A shot from Immobile hits the body of a Turkish defender but not his hand really.
Sharp one-two with Baredi and Insigne results in the latter just sweeping the ball past the right hand post. Good movement from the Italians though
Better from Turkey as they are able to find Burak Yilmaz with a better pass over the top. His ball into the centre is unable to find anyone properly though as Nicola Barella wins a free-kick
Early opportunity for the 'away side'. Domencio Beradi is able to keep a long ball in before cutting it back inside. Ciro Immobile tries a first time effort which just goes wide. Turkey had switched off there
Here we go!
Not long to go now...
Both sides are in strong form at the moment. Italy have recovered from the disaster of not qualifying for the World Cup in 2018 to be on a 27 game unbeaten streak. Roberto Mancini has done wonders to pick his country off the floor in that regards. They also play a very fluent and attack minded style.
Turkey are extremely confident too. They have begun their World Cup qualifying in great style, beating both Netherlands and Norway. They took 4 points off France in qualfying for this tournament
Welcome to the delayed European Championships. Philip Morrissey here providing all of the updates for the opening match in this tournament. Which hopefully should be a celebration of all that is good about the game.
Originally scheduled for last summer, the on-going Covid-19 pandemic put paid to all of that. Stadiums are still going at less than peak capacity, but at least some fans are able to attend. About 20,000 anticipated to be in Stadio Olympico. We in Ireland are obviously gutted that we did not qualify, and no games are going to take place in Dublin. We can sit back and enjoy the football on offer instead.
It is curious that Turkey are nominated as being the home side despite playing Italy in Rome. Both will expect to top the group after the opening three games. This encounter might go some way to deciding who manages that
Competition: Euro 2020 Group A
Date: 8 p.m. June 11, 2021
Stadio Olimpico, Rome