The Azzuri started the tournament with a victory against Senol Gunes' side in Stadio Olimpico.
won Euro 2020's opening match with a 3-0 result against
on Friday. The Azzurri played without the service of their key midfielderLorenzo Pellegrini
, who missed the tournament due to a thigh injury.
'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 whenGiorgio Chiellini
’s header was tipped over the crossbar byUgurcan Cakir
’s spectacular save. Italy were convinced they must be given a penalty just before half-time asLeonardo Spinazzola
’s cross hitMehmet 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 andMerih Demiral
turned the ball into his own team’s net. Mancini’s team doubled their lead in the 66th minute whenCiro 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 forLorenzo 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,
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.