Welcome to the Sportstar live blog for the opening match of Euro 2020 between Turkey and Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
65′ Turkey Branch: Tufan OFF, Ayhan ON; Stop Yokoslu, Kahveshi On
62 ‘ Turkey cannot group passes together under Italian pressure to move forward.
This is the first time that an opening goal in the European Championship has been an own goal.
58 ‘ Locatelli saves from Cakir, where “the goalkeeper pushes a shot from a distance behind a corner.
57 ‘ Italy win the ball high up the field with Immobile running from Insigne to catch Turkey’s defense by surprise. Insigne’s shot veered backwards to become a corner.
54 ‘ Italy is on fire! Spinazzola is released lower left and is saved by Cakir with a fierce shot!
53 ‘Special goal! Turkey 0-1 Italy (Demiral Og) Berardi is found inside the penalty area on the right and has the time and space to hit the ball across the face of the goal, as Demiral ends up collecting it in his own net. Berardi loves it and so do the thousands of Italians at Stadio Olimpico!
51′ The ball breaks to Ender, who has the entire court to run on. He holds the ball well and hits a low shot from a difficult angle that Donnarumma saves at the near post.
50′ Meras is torn by Barilla and requires medical attention.
49 ‘ Under the entrapment on the left ran to pass Yilmaz. The midfielder is looking to get past Di Lorenzo who brought him down. But the referee says no fault.
47 ‘ Dirty cornering routine hides Italian offside…
46 ‘ Proceedings in Italy began in the second period. Di Lorenzo gets into action immediately as he runs into the box on the right but Soyuncu puts the ball behind for a corner kick.
the other half
Changes for both sides | Italy: Florenzi – OFF, Di Lorenzo – ON Turkey: Yazici – OFF, Under – ON
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half time: The referee blows the thunderbolt in the second half. Half frustrated for Italy with 64% possession and 14 shots but no penetration. Turley was lucky but kept his form well.
45′ I screamed for a penalty in the Turkish penalty area when Spinazzola’s cross hit Celik’s arm. The VAR scan has been completed and no penalty has been charged. The Italian players are not happy.
44 ‘ At the other end, Yilmaz descends inside the box without much contact. The referee says no penalty and Yamaz and Chiellini laugh about it.
43 ‘ The opening comes.. for Immobile, who has space to take a shot from inside the penalty area but his shot is straight and low on the ‘keeper.
42 ‘ This is just a one-way move with Italy camping in half of Turkey and its last third but without much luck or opening.
39 ‘ More patients from Italy before looking to speed things up in the last third. Berardi cuts from the right and looks for a shot from a distance, but it sails.
37 ‘ Chiellini finds Insigne on the edge of the penalty area, where the striker has the time and space to turn and shoot the ball at the goal, but his effort is directed directly at the “keeper”.
35 ‘ Turkey on the counter. Calhanoglu made a pass down the left channel for Yilmaz to run on. He plays in an air cross that Donnarumma pushes wide.
33 ‘ Berardi runs across the left on the ball and pins the ball into the penalty area, where Immobile is unable to header on goal.
32 ‘ Again, Spinazzola and Insgine caused problems in the lower left. Insigne runs off goal and plays the ball into the six-yard area and Demiral puts it behind for a corner.
31 ‘ Soyuncu goes long to Yilmaz, but the striker is offside.
29′ Italy regains possession and consolidates through the right this time. A cross is installed in the box but there are a lot of Turkish corpses there and someone is running it to get them out of danger.
25 ‘ Calhanoglu did a good defensive job to thwart an Italian pass and help clear the ball from behind.
22′ Saved! From the corner, Chiellini has no control and gets a header in the goal but Kaker saves it with one hand!
21′ Immobile tech works great while running through the middle to make way for a left-footed shot from outside the box but Soyuncu blocks it! It is believed that there was a hand involved, but the referee refused.
19 ‘ Bonucci goes for a break from a distance but curls it wide…
18 ‘ Most of Italy’s attacks come from the left side with Insigne and Spinazzolla combing well. Italy almost scored an opening goal from this side. Insigne rushes into space for a give-and-go end but his curling effort doesn’t quite bend into the far corner.
15th’ The pressure was released from Turkey as Tovan made a mistake by Locatelli.
13′ Italy are looking for early long passes for Immobile but Soyuncu remains a strong presence and takes them out.
12′ Yilmaz shoots from the right on the counter, but a cross pass inside the penalty area does not find the three Turkish players who succeeded in running.
10′ Turkey is struggling to build from behind with Italy pressing them high. However, Italy is finding it difficult to smash the defensive form of Turkey, who are quick to regroup.
7′ Berardi with a ball played to Immobile’s feet but Soyuncu attacks him.
5′ Italy sets the early tempo, while Turkey is looking to find Yilmaz in advance as soon as possible. To no avail so far.
3′ A quick build from Italy across the right with a long ball firing Berardi, who somehow manages to hook a low ball into the area, where Immobile finds the side net.
1 ‘Starting in Rome! Turkey plays red from left to right. Italy in blue, its far strip. Chiellini immediately goes away.
12.28 am: Mandatory appreciation for Italians handing over their national anthem. They never disappoint, can they keep going tough after their kickoff?
12.25 am: The teams sing the national anthem.
12.22 am: We finished the opening ceremony and the voices of the fans dominated the Olympic Stadium. We are only 8 minutes away from kick-off.
12.20 am: It’s time for some U2.
12.15 am: Italian operatic opera Andrea Bocelli presents the performance of Nesun Dorma in Rome. Fabulous. This was something.
12.10 am: Lights, drums and dancers in place for the opening ceremony. And some fireworks, too.
The return of the international football fans! Photograph: Andrew Medicini/Reuters – Gathered via Reuters
There is no place in the squad for Italian midfielder Marco Verratti as he continues to rebuild his fitness after injury.
Italy eleventh: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, and Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barilla, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli; Domenico Berardi, Cerro Immobile, Lorenzo Encin
Eleventh Turkey: Ugurkan Cakir Zeki Celik, Caglar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral, Umut Meras; Hasan Yukslu, Kenan Karaman, Ozan Tofan, Yusuf Yazici, Hakan Calhanoglu; Burak Yilmaz
11.15 pm: The new Italian team appears to be the favorite to top the somewhat balanced first group at Euro 2020, which also includes Turkey, Switzerland and Wales. After failing to reach the 2018 World Cup, the Azzurri rebounded in style by winning all of their qualifying matches for the European Championship. For more on Group A, read Amitabha Das Sharma’s preview here. Read
11 m: Team details are important. Unlike clubs, states cannot buy on-demand football players to fill in the gaps. However, it would be a pity for another Euro to pass without incident, without stopping the tired and stressful trend of football. N. Sudarshan writes in Sportstar magazine how football has changed since Euro 2016. Read
Italy in Group A faces Turkey in the opening match of the European Championship at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Friday. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 12:30 AM IST (Saturday).
The tournament was rescheduled from last year after the coronavirus outbreak and is being played for the first time across the continent, with 11 cities being hosted from Seville to Baku.
Italy and Turkey are grouped with Wales and Switzerland.
Watch UEFA EURO 2020 LIVE on Sony Ten 2 (English) and Sony Ten 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels starting June 12th.