Despite being without their key midfielder, Lorenzo Pellegrini, who missed the tournament due to a thigh injury, Italy achieved a 3-0 victory in the Euro 2020's opening match against Turkey on Friday.
A conservative play from Senol Gunes' side sent two sides to the dressing rooms with a 0-0 result at half-time, but eight minutes into the second half,
scored the match’s opener for Italy thanks to a brilliant cross from
doubled the lead for Italy in the 66th minute before
Lorenzo Insignesealed the Azzurri a 3-0 victory in their opening match in Group A
"I want to thank my mother for giving me the sense for being in the right place in the right moment," Lazio’s Immobile toldUEFA.com
after the match.
"We showed patience in the first half. Turkey are a strong side and caused problems for many top teams," he said.
"We tried to tire them out, moving the ball left and right and trying to spread them. Unfortunately, we regularly struggled to break their wall.
"Turkey were more tired after the break. After the goal they had to open up some space, so that’s when our quality emerged."
, who scored Italy’s third goal, had two on target and created three chances for teammates, Only
made more key passes (five).
"We made a slow start but we managed to recover and score three goals in the second half," Insigne said.
"Mancini told us to remain calm and focused on the game – that’s what we did and, finally, we achieved our goal.
"Our strength is the group; the coach has created a great group in which there are no starters and bench players and each one of us is always ready to sacrifice for our team-mates.
"Winning is the most important thing – if I score, even better. It was a great night."
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