Turkey – Italy 3
So, after a year’s delay, the Euro 2020 Kick-off has finally kicked off, the first game of 51 people taking place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and seeing Turkey take on Italy in front of some 16,000 fans is a welcome sight for all concerned after a year and a bit of a tough situation for the authorities. Only in football but in all walks of life so the return of the fans to the stadiums over the past few months definitely helps everyone involved and makes it so much better for the players and people watching, a normal atmosphere inside the ground cannot be replicated, football is nothing without fans and this past year Or so has certainly reinforced this fact.
Rome, it was said, was the setting for this opening of the 2020 tournament and, in fact, the last major tournament match played in Italy was at the Stadio Olimpico when then West Germany defeated Argentina in the 1990 World Cup Final, so a great day for the country and the national team that took part in this The competition is in the midst of 27 unbeaten matches, and 8 wins in a row, so they were very confident of a winning start here, and they knew their opponents had never defeated Turkey in ten attempts, as they were faced by the only major tournament that Italy won 2-1 at Euro 2000 in France, but the Turks have been in great shape lately and are tempted by many to create a surprise or two this summer, so could they upset the apple cart at the opening game of this competition and stun the Italians in their own backyard?
Well, Italy chose 37-year-old Giorgio Chiellini and her defensive partner 34-year-old Leonardo Bonucci in the starting line-up, while the Champions League winning Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, also played in the starting line-up for the Italian national team, but Andrea Belotti, Which scored four goals. Qualifying times, had to be content with a place on the bench. As for Turkey, Buruk Yilmaz, now 35, will top the line in the absence of his top scorer in qualifying, Cenk Tosun, who unfortunately missed the tournament after suffering a knee injury in April, while winger Cengiz Ander, who had a chance to win. He started after scoring a goal as a substitute in the last warm-up match with the Turks and could only play on the bench, showing how strong their first 11 players were, but could they bother the Italians here?
After an opening ceremony that included fireworks, giant colored balls, and drummers suspended from ropes from the stadium rooftop as flags of countries competing for a genre of synth rock were hoisted, Andrea Bocelli sang Nessun Dorma, to the soundtrack of the band. The 1990 World Cup in Italy and an iconic tune Since then we have been ready to start the action on the pitch and the first half is definitely about the Italians, although they had nothing to show for it.
Immobile saw an effort into the side netting and also sent a wide header, while Insigne curled from inside the penalty area, Turkish goalkeeper Şakir Kellini header brilliantly over the bar, while the Turks, who barely put a glove on their team. The opponents, they witnessed their best moments and a rare attack they see Yilmaz playing a ball in the penalty area and they almost saw Tovan drop it but the Italian goalkeeper Donnarumma, who has been a virtual spectator until now, managed to reach the ball first and stay out of danger, but Italy did most of the offensive play but I encountered a ‘wall of flesh’, the Turkish term for ‘Parking the Bus’ or the red wall of defense and it seemed likely that something special would be needed to break this defense.
It is likely that it was on the left side through Spinazzola, who caused some problems during the first half, but the opening goal for Euro 2020 was an own goal as Italy finally snatched the lead they deserved, as Domenico Berardi, who was also a threat during the first half, He shot a ball across the goal and off defender Merih Demiral, the Turkish wall was breached, and they now had to go out and try to get back into the game.
But, it was the Italians who seemed more likely to add another, and certainly in the 66th minute they doubled their lead when Spinazzola participated this time, and received a cross from Berardi before Cakir forced a good stop, but the goalkeeper could only save the ball again to play, and Immobile was in Handy to fire the rebound, and the match felt as good as it was done, and with just over ten minutes to go, Italy got a third goal after ending up with a poor clearance for Italian goalkeeper Caquer and three quick passes later, Insigne made an effort Great in the far corner, in the 39th European Championship they scored more than two goals in one match, capping a great opener of this tournament for them, while Turkey’s performance was not outdated and they excelled in this match, they now have to choose themselves for their next match in the group in In a few days against Wales in Baku.
Italy face Switzerland next in Rome, and in this show will be full of confidence to get three more points at that point, they just smashed a Turkish team that defeated France and Holland recently, so this is a decent Turkish team. , but the Italians did not explain to them in this match and they would be a threat to anyone in this competition if they continue to play this way, 28 games unbeaten now, nine wins in a row, absolutely fantastic.