Roberto Mancini’s men dominated the first half, but were greeted by a stern defense from Turkey, who were apparently happy to take a draw.
Ciro Immobile had a couple of chances to miss, and Lorenzo Insigne bent a shot past after a one-two with Immobile.
The closest of both sides came to open the scoring, came through midfielder Giorgio Chiellini.
The Juventus man’s header was goal-bound, but he was denied an excellent save from Ugurkan Cakir.
Despite Italian control, the first half ended goalless. Turkey went into the break with only 33% possession and no goal attempts unlike Gli Azzurris 14.
The second half began in the same way and Italy eventually got the lead they deserved.
Domenico Berardi jumped past Umut Meras down the right and fired a post into Merih Demiral’s body. The defender turned the ball into his own net.
The Italians continued to control the game and now created more clear chances. Cakir had to be at his best again to deny the efforts of Leonardo Spinazzola and Manuel Locatelli.
However, the goalkeeper could not prevent his team from going further back in the 66th minute later. He came down well to stop Spinazzola’s powerful effort, but it kindly fell to the feet of Immobile, who knocked home to 2-0.
From then on, it was a pleasant game for Mancini’s side, and they put the finishing touches with just over ten minutes left. Immobile fed Insigne and the Napoli man placed his shot in the far corner.
The match ended 3-0, marking an excellent return to tournament football for Italy. They play Switzerland on Wednesday, while Turkey appear to be jumping back towards Wales.
Ugurkan Cakir (7/10) – Made some impressive stops but was responsible for the third goal. A mixed performance.
Clever Celik (5/10) Given a tough night from the left side of Italy. Fought fine in the first half but could not reproduce this after the break.
Merih Demiral (5/10) – Was an important part of a solid defense in the first half. Unlucky with own goal, but everything fell apart after that.
Caglar Soyuncu (6/10) – Helped keep Italy in check in the first half and could not do anything about the goals. Collected the first yellow card of the tournament.
Hope Meras (4/10) – Lost a foothold for the first goal, so Berardi could get in a good position and force the opener.
Okay Yokuslu (6/10) – Protected the back four well enough. Replaced with 64 minutes.
Ozan Tufan (5/10) – Fought to keep the ball and was exceeded by Italy’s midfield. Replaced with 64 minutes.
Yusuf Yazici (4/10) – Gave very little threat before it was put off at half time.
Hakan Calhanoglu (4/10) – Supposed to be the main source of creativity in the Turkish side, but did nothing. A seriously overwhelming performance.
Kenan Karaman (4/10) – Anonymous most of the game before being replaced for 76 minutes.
Burak Yilmaz (5/10) – Feeding of scrap. Never had a chance up against an experienced center-back pairing.
Cengiz Under (5/10)
Kaan Ayhan (5/10)
Irfan Can Kahveci (5/10)
Halil Dervisoglu (4/10)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (6/10) – Had the easiest game of his career. Hardly ever forced into action.
Alessandro Florenzi (6/10) – Defended well enough, but did not deliver enough attack threat. Replaced at the break.
Leonardo Bonucci (7/10) – Helped keep Yilmaz quiet and the distribution was consistently good.
Giorgio Chiellini (8/10) – The game with all the experience to suit his age. Unlucky not to score in the first half and also made a brilliant challenge to keep Italy’s clean sheets in the injuries.
Leonardo Spinazzola (8/10) * MOTM * – Always looked dangerous on the left and contributed greatly to the second goal. A brilliant opener from the left back.
Manuel Locatelli (7/10) – Looked good on the ball and ended well together.
Jorginho (8/10) – Hardly put one foot wrong in the heart of midfield. Composed and tidy.
Nicolo Barella (7/10) – Helped Italy dominate with a solid performance.
Domenico Berardi (7/10) – Weakest of the top three, but forced the opener. Somehow he managed to get caught offside from a corner.
Ciro Immobile (8/10) – Always in and around the right areas and eventually got his goal. Also provided the assistance to Insignes third.
Lorenzo Insigne (7/10) – Wasted a good chance in the first half, but always saw a threat to the left with Spinazzola. Took his goal excellently.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (6/10)
Bryan Cristante (NA / 10)
Federico Chiesa (NA / 10)
Andrea Belotti (NA / 10)
Federico Bernardeschi (NA / 10)