Turkey vs. Italy – Football Match Report – June 11, 2021
Italy scored three goals in the second half for a 3-0 win over Turkey in Group A of the 2020 European Championship opener in Rome on Friday.
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Postponed for a year, the biggest football event since the coronavirus crippled the world began on Friday at the Stadio Olimpico – a milestone for European and world sports.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy entered the game in a 27-game unbeaten streak and his fine form was evident from the start of the game. Azzurri dominated possession and moved closer with a pair of corner heads just past the 20-minute mark.
Italy stepped up the pressure as half-time approached and, after a complex construction play, Ciro Immobile was suspended in the box to shoot directly at Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir as the teams entered the break stuck in a 0-0 draw. .
“We played against a lot of teams who did what Turkey did tonight. [back] there, gives you little space and prevents you from scoring, ”Mancini said.
“But the guys had patience. We waited, kept playing, tried to get that goal, and then we got it. The guys did really well. The first half wasn’t easy. and in a match like this, even if they [Turkey] hand everyone, if you give one [goal] at break, the game changes “,
The pressure on the Turkish defense finally came to light when Merih Demiral inadvertently sent the ball into his own net on a Domenico Berardi cross and Italy took the lead soon after the restart.
A scramble in goal led to Italy’s second place, Immobile hopping on a loose ball past the Turkish goal and shooting home to double Mancini’s side’s advantage.
Lorenzo Insigne sidelined the game for Italy in the 79th minute, collecting a magnificent shot for the first time after Turkey’s Cakir snagged a goal kick straight to the opposing team and the Italy jumped for its third.
Italy’s third goal made history as it was the first time they had scored three goals in a Euro game on their 39th attempt.
“It was important to have a good start here in Rome and it is a joy for us and for all Italians,” Mancini told Rai.
“It was a great night, I hope there will be a lot more, but there are still six left before Wembley.”
Turkey will next face Wales in Group A, while Italy face Switzerland, with both matches being played on Wednesday 16 June.
After a build-up that included a breathtaking performance by opera singer Andrea Bocelli, spectacular fireworks and a typically raucous rendition of the Italian national anthem, the crowd of 16,000 was in full swing at kick-off. .
Italy were determined to get off to a good start five years after their last major tournament appearance, failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and they have started well.
The visitors were happy to sit deep and invite pressure and rarely ventured into the Italian half throughout the opening period, but Mancini’s side were frustrated in their efforts to break the wall of red shirts.
Giorgio Chiellini saw a head thrown back with a spectacular one-handed save from Cakir and Immobile nodded from a wide cross as the hosts stretched out the Turkish defense.
Insignia curled a shot straight at Cakir from the edge of the box and Immobile shot into the keeper’s arms as Italy headed for the break with 14 attempts against Turkey.
Italy’s patience paid off when Berardi shot a cross into the six-meter penalty area where Demiral sent the ball into the net – the first time in European Championship history that the first goal of the tournament was an own goal.
Spinazzola saw a kickback and Manuel Locatelli’s weak effort was ruled out before Immobile doubled Italy’s lead by jumping on Cakir’s parry with another Spinazzola effort to hit the rebound.
“We were patient in the first half,” said Immobile. “Turkey are a strong team and caused problems for many top teams. We tried to tire them out, moving the ball left and right and trying to distribute them. Unfortunately, we regularly had to strain them. hard to break their wall.
“Turkey was more tired after the break. After the [first] goal, they had to open up some space, that’s when our quality emerged. “
the from Azzurri Dominance was rewarded again when Immobile passed Insigne, who placed an accurate finish in the lower corner with 11 minutes remaining.
Mancini told his players in the pre-game press conference that they should have fun and look to be entertained, and that’s exactly what they did for a cheering home crowd.