EM 2021: Italy wins opening game, Turkey fan steals the show


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Kick-off 364 days late: On Friday evening (June 11th) the European Championship 2021 started in Rome with the game Turkey against Italy. The opening game was anything but a spectacle at first, a fan in the stadium stole the show at half time.

  • EM 2021: Turkey against Italy
  • Opening game a big yawn kick
  • Italy wins against Turkey

After the somewhat strange opening ceremony of the EM 2021 it finally got sporty. The Italians were allowed to open the European tournament against Turkey in Rome.

EM 2021: Turkey fan steals the show in the first half

In the first half it would have been more worthwhile for the audience to spend the beautiful summer evening in the fresh air instead of in front of the television. Turkey’s best action? A fan! The Turkish supporter had adorned his mask with a beard and was celebrated on social media after he was shown. Turkey’s players were just as good on the pitch as the beard fan, but nothing more than walls was possible.

The only upset in half time: Celik’s alleged handball after Spinazzola’s flank attempt. But referee Danny Makkelie (Netherlands) correctly did not award penalties as the movement of the arm was not unnatural.

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EM 2021: Merih Demiral with an own goal to 1-0 for Italy

Shortly after the break, things went even worse for Turkey. The Italians came out of the cabin with more pressure, Domenico Berardi tried a sharp cross. In the middle, Merih Demiral stood two meters in front of his own goal line, was shot and unluckily brought Squadra Azzurra 1-0 through his own goal (53.). Twelve minutes later, ex-BVB striker Ciro Immobile increased to 2-0.

Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir then gave the Italians the 3: 0 after a catastrophic bad pass, Lorenzo Insigne thanked him and netted to the final score. It is the first time in European Championship history that a team has scored three goals in the opening game. In addition, the Italians scored three goals in a European Championship game for the first time.

Kenan Karaman: “We deserved to lose”

“That was a great game,” said Immobile, the goal scorer. “We are super happy that we started with a win. Playing in this stadium is really pure adrenaline. “Turkey attacker Kenan Karaman from Fortuna Düsseldorf was of course disappointed:” We gave Italy too many rooms in the second half and deservedly lost. “

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Italy coach Roberto Mancini was of course satisfied with the performance of his team. “We played a good game, it wasn’t easy to start against a good team. The audience helped us. It was crucial that we let the ball run fast. “

Overall, a very deserved victory for the Italians, who will continue against Switzerland on Wednesday (June 16, 9 p.m.). Turkey will also play against Wales on Wednesday (6pm).

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