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Italy kick off Euro 2020 with convincing 3-0 win over Turkey

Fri 11 June 2021 | 20:45

The Azzuri started the tournament with a victory against Senol Gunes' side in Stadio Olimpico.

Italy

won Euro 2020's opening match with a 3-0 result against

Turkey

on Friday. The Azzurri played without the service of their key midfielder

Lorenzo Pellegrini

, who missed the tournament due to a thigh injury.

Roberto Mancini

's side had the advantage of being the hosts and started the game with dominance. The Azzurri got their first chance in the 22nd minute when

Giorgio Chiellini

’s header was tipped over the crossbar by

Ugurcan Cakir

’s spectacular save. Italy were convinced they must be given a penalty just before half-time as

Leonardo Spinazzola

’s cross hit

Mehmet Zeki Celik

’s hand. However, upon reviewing by VAR, the referee blew the half-time whistle without giving the penalty.

The Azzurri continued their attacks in the second half and finally got their opener by an own goal in the 53rd minute. After a clever run from the right side,

Domenico Berardi

smashed the ball into Turkey’s box and

Merih Demiral

turned the ball into his own team’s net. Mancini’s team doubled their lead in the 66th minute when

Ciro Immobile

scored the rebound from Spinazzola’s shot from the corner of the box. The Lazio star completed his impressive performance by providing an assist for

Lorenzo Insigne

13 minutes later. The Napoli forward swept the ball into the far corner of Cakir’s goal after receiving Immobile's short pass in the box.

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Having extended their unbeaten run to 28 matches, Italy move to first place on the Group A standings. Elsewhere in the group,

Wales

will face

Switzerland

on Saturday. The Azzurri will host Switzerland in their second Group A match on June 16, while Turkey need to avoid defeat against Wales to keep their EURO 2020 dreams alive.


source: SportMob

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