0 - 3
FT

OG: 53'
- Merih Demiral 53'

Scored: 66'
- Ciro Immobile 66'

Scored: 78'
- Lorenzo Insigne 78'


Euro 2020 Report: Turkey 0 - 3 Italy

Sat, Jun 12 2021

Gianluigi Donnarumma and Leonardo Bonucci of Italy celebrates their side's victory against Turkey in the opening Euro 2020 game Credit: Valerio Pennicino - UEFA/Getty Images)

Three second-half goals gave Italy victory in the opening match of Group A to kick off Euro 2021 in some style.

It took the Italians 53 minutes to make the breakthrough, an own goal, but the clinical performance affirmed the belief of many that they’re major contenders for glory this summer.

Strikers Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne rounded off a comfortable victory after Merih Demiral had turned the ball past his own keeper early in the second half.

Turkey, by contrast, flattered to deceive. Impressive recent performances were forgotten about as they were on the back foot for most of the game.

After Andrea Bocelli’s passionate rendition of Nessum Dorma, and in front of fans yet again, it was the Italians who begun on the offensive.

Immobile saw a shot rush just past the post as the impressive Domenico Berardi played a first-time ball into his path.

As the Italians continued to press forward, Insigne linked up with Immobile to curl an effect just past the post.

The two frontmen caused the Turkish back-line countless problems with their movement in the early stages but the visitors held on.

Chances continued to go the way of the Azzuri as Giorgio Chiellini saw a header tipped over from a corner and Immobile was off target with another.

An Italian penalty shout was ruled out just before the break as a cross struck Mehmet Celik’s arm, but it was judged to be unintentional.

Both sides made changes at the break, but it was the Italians who went ahead in bizarre fashion eight minutes after the restart.

Berardi yet again provided the cross and it hit the chest of Merih Demiral before trundling past Ugurcan Cakir and into the net.

Roberto Mancini’s side went for the jugular and Cakir was forced into another save as he tipped Manuel Locatelli’s shot past the post.

It was not long before they were able to double their advantage, though. Berardi was able to measure his cross to find Leonardo Spinazzola up from left-back.

The Roma defender was his shot parried away by Cakir but Lazio striker Immobile was on hand to tap home.

Italy were not finished, though, and they sealed the win as Cakir was guilty of a poor pass out from the back, which only found Berardi.

The ball was quickly switched to Immobile and then to Insigne, who swept the ball home from the edge of the area.

Despite many substitutions in the closing stages, it was Italy who seemed more likely to add to their tally.

Turkey did have a late opportunity courtesy of the ineffectual Burak Yilmaz, as he was found in space in the area, but the veteran Chiellini was able to block him out.

Delight then for those fans inside the Stadio Olympico. Italy next face Switzerland at the same venue on Wednesday. Turkey come up against Wales on the same evening.

Turkey: Ugurcan Cakir; Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras, Merih Demiral, Zeki Celik; Yusuf Yazici (Cengiz Under 46), Ozan Tufan (Kaan Ayhan 65), Kenan Karaman (Halil Ibrahim Dervisoglu 75), Hakan Calhanoglu, Okay Yokuslu (Irfan Kahveci 65); Burak Yilmaz (c).

Subs not used: Mert Gunok (gk), Altay Bayindir (gk), Enes Unal, Dorukhan Tokoz, Mert Muldur, Orkun Kokcu, Ozan Kabak, Taylan Antalyali.

Booked: Caglar Soyuncu (87), Halil Ibrahim Dervisoglu (89).

Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giorgio Chiellini (c), Leonardo Bonucci, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Alessandro Florenzi (Gionvanni Di Lorenzo 46), Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli (Bryan Cristante 73); Domenico Berardi (Federico Bernardeschi 85), Ciro Immobile (Andrea Belotti 80), Lorenzo Insigne (Federico Chiesa 80).

Subs not used: Salvatore Sirigu (gk), Alex Meret (gk), Alessandro Bastoni, Francesco Acerbi, Emerson, Matteo Pessina, Giacomo Raspadori,.

Booked: None.

Referee: Daniel Makkelie (Netherlands).

Attendance: 12,916 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Domenico Berardi (Italy).


Turkey
LNov. 18, 2020
Hungary 2 - 0 Turkey
LJune 11, 2021
Turkey 0 - 3 Italy
LJune 16, 2021
Turkey 0 - 2 Wales
LJune 20, 2021
Swiss 3 - 1 Turkey
WSept. 4, 2021
Gibraltar 0 - 3 Turkey
Ugurcan Cakir 23
Goalkeeper
Caglar Soyuncu 4
Booked: 87'
Defender
Umut Meras 13
Defender
Merih Demiral 3
OG: 53'
Defender
Zeki Celik 2
Defender
Yusuf Yazici 11
46'
46Subbed Off: Cengiz Under 46'
Midfielder
Ozan Tufan 6
65'
65Subbed Off: Kaan Ayhan 65'
Midfielder
Kenan Karaman 9
75'
75Subbed Off: Halil Ibrahim Dervisoglu 75'
Midfielder
Hakan Calhanoglu 10
Midfielder
Okay Yokuslu 5
65'
65Subbed Off: Irfan Kahveci 65'
Midfielder
© Burak Yilmaz 17
Forward

Substitutes
Cengiz Under 7
46'
46Subbed On: Yusuf Yazici 46'
Midfield
Enes Unal 16
Forward
Dorukhan Tokoz 8
Midfield
Mert Muldur 25
Defender
Orkun Kokcu 19
Midfield
Irfan Kahveci 21
65'
65Subbed On: Okay Yokuslu 65'
Midfield
Ozan Kabak 15
Defender
Mert Gunok 1
Goalkeeper
Halil Ibrahim Dervisoglu 26
75'
75Subbed On: Kenan Karaman 75'
Booked: 89'
Forward
Altay Bayindir 12
Goalkeeper
Kaan Ayhan 22
65'
65Subbed On: Ozan Tufan 65'
Defender
Taylan Antalyali 14
Midfield
Italy
WJune 20, 2021
Italy 1 - 0 Wales
WJune 26, 2021
Italy 2 - 1 Austria
WJuly 2, 2021
Belgium 1 - 2 Italy
DJuly 6, 2021
Italy 1 - 1 Spain
DJuly 11, 2021
Italy 1 - 1 England
21 Gianluigi Donnarumma
Goalkeeper
3 Giorgio Chiellini ©
Defender
19 Leonardo Bonucci
Defender
4 Leonardo Spinazzola
Defender
18 Nicolo Barella
Midfielder
24 Alessandro Florenzi
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Gionvanni Di Lorenzo 46'
8 Jorginho
Midfielder
5 Manuel Locatelli
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: Bryan Cristante 73'
11 Domenico Berardi
Forward 85'
85Subbed Off: Federico Bernardeschi 85'
17 Ciro Immobile
Forward
Scored: 66'
80'
80Subbed Off: Andrea Belotti 80'
10 Lorenzo Insigne
Forward
Scored: 78'
80'
80Subbed Off: Federico Chiesa 80'

Substitutes
2 Gionvanni Di Lorenzo
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Alessandro Florenzi 46'
16 Bryan Cristante
Midfield 73'
73Subbed On: Manuel Locatelli 73'
14 Federico Chiesa
Forward 80'
80Subbed On: Lorenzo Insigne 80'
20 Federico Bernardeschi
Midfield 85'
85Subbed On: Domenico Berardi 85'
9 Andrea Belotti
Forward 80'
80Subbed On: Ciro Immobile 80'
23 Alessandro Bastoni
Defender
15 Francesco Acerbi
Defender
26 Alex Meret
Goalkeeper
13 Emerson
Defender
12 Matteo Pessina
Midfield
22 Giacomo Raspadori
Forward
1 Salvatore Sirigu
Goalkeeper

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group A

Date: 8 p.m. June 11, 2021

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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