An own goal by Merih Demiral put Italy ahead against Turkey this Friday at the opening of Euro 2021, in a match valid for the opening day of group A of the tournament.
After a cross from the right by Domenico Berardi, the ball bounced off the Turkish defender’s torso, fooling his own goalkeeper, Ugurkan Cakir.
Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne completed and Roberto Mancini’s selection thrashed 3-0 in their first challenge for the Euro.
Before 16,000 spectators, many of them Turks, Italy went to rest with 0-0 on the scoreboard, but imposed their technical superiority in an excellent second half, both offensively and defensively.
The ‘Azzurra’, a great absentee from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, perfectly celebrated their return to a great international competition five years after Euro 2016, placing themselves as the first leader of group A, completed by Switzerland and Wales, who face the Saturday.