The selection of Italy debuted this Friday at the Eurocup with a resounding triumph 3-0 against Turkey at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, in front of nearly 16,000 spectators, with a very solvent performance favored by an own goal by Merih Demiral and subsequent goals by Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Badge.
The team of Roberto Mancini, who was returning to a great international event after his absence from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, gave himself a victory by landslide and gave a lesson in defensive solidity. The transalpinos start forcefully in group A, in which they are framed next to Switzerland and Wales, and celebrate their ninth consecutive win (all without conceding a goal).
The technique of Italy ended up triumphing against the Turkish defensive power, although the men of Senol Gunes they were able to close the spaces well and hinder the work of the “azzurri”, who arrived at this European Championship after high-level performances and an immaculate qualifying phase, with ten wins out of ten.
Roberto Mancini’s men created a good volume of opportunities, with high-quality combinations, such as the triangulation who released a shot from Lorenzo Insigne, which ended up outside, and also with good actions from set pieces, such as the one that ended with a header from Giorgio Chiellini stopped by Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.
But equality remained on the scoreboard at halftime, despite Turkey risking a possible penalty for a touch with a hand of Mehmet Celik in the area that Dutch referee Danny easy decided not to whistle.
And finally it had to be an unfortunate detour to Merih Demiral’s own goal, defender of the Juventus, at the beginning of the second half, the one who broke the equality in the clash of the Olympic and inaugurated the scoring account of the Eurocup.
Domenico Berardi dribbled over Umut Meras in the area and hung up a cross that Demiral deflected to own door with chest. It was a confidence boost for Italy and a psychological blow for Turkey, in which Burak Yilmaz It was difficult for him to play balls against the aggressive marking of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
Italy, which with the Mancini administration changed its philosophy, betting on a more offensive and less conservative game, he kept pressing in search of the second goal and the prize came to him in minute 66, through Immobile.
The Lazio striker took advantage of a central rebound from goalkeeper Cakir after a shot from Spinazzola to send the ball to the bottom of the meshes and celebrate, in their stadium, the 2-0 that put land in the middle and reassured the swollen “blue”.
From then on, Italy was able to control the rhythms, move the ball and wait for the right moment to end your big night. That moment came in the 80th minute, when Immobile offered Insigne a perfect ball for the forward. napolitano fulminate the goal with the right leg.
It was the 3-0 that Italy defended with authority until the end to start with a firm step their way in the Eurocup.
There have already been nine consecutive victories for the Azzurro team, all without conceding a goal. An important push to get to the next appointment with Switzerland June 16 with full confidence.