UEFA Euro 2020: Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile help Italy off to a flyer with win over Turkey in Rome

Italy made a convincing start to their UEFA Euro 2020 campaign with a 3-0 win over Turkey in Rome, scoring all three in the second half.

Roberto Mancini’s side dominated the first half and thought they had taken the lead with a top corner header from Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini which was palmed over the bar by Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.

The Italians were playing as the away side in their home country, and were denied several penalty claims for handball in the box as Ciro Immobile and, particularly Lorenzo Insigne, tested the Turkish backline without breaking the deadlock.

Such was their dominance goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was not called into action until after the half-hour mark.


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However Turkey could not keep Mancini’s side out for long. A low cross from Domenico Berardi in the second half was chested over the line by defender Merih Demiral for an own goal opener that their first half pressure had merited.

It took the wind out of Turkish sails and shortly after the hour Immobile made it 2-0 on his club’s home ground before the Lazio striker laid on for Insigne to stroke home a third.

Tired Turkey rarely looked like troubling Donnarumma but eventually Lille striker Burak Yilmaz presented a half-hearted test in injury time as Italy opened the tournament with a convincing victory.

The month-long festival of football opening ceremony had begun with tenor Andrea Boccelli and a stirring rendition of Nessun Dorma in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The championships will end on July 11 with the final at Wembley Stadium in London.


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Lorenzo Insigne of Italy (R) celebrates with Ciro Immobile after scoring their side's third goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Turkey and Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on June 11, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Scotland kick off their campaign at Hampden on Monday against the Czech Republic.

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A fireworks display is triggered over the Olympic stadium on June 11, 2021 in Rome as part of the UEFA Euro 2020 2021 European Football Championship's opening ceremony, prior to the competition's kick off Turkey vs Italy.(Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)


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Italy's forward Ciro Immobile appeals to referee Danny Makkelie during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A football match between Turkey and Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on June 11, 2021. (Photo by ALBERTO LINGRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)