EFinally, here we are. A year after its postponement due to a global pandemic, Euro 2020 – or 2021 – begins this Friday in Rome with a first shock in group A between Turkey and Italy.
THE GAME. Italy monopolizes leather
In the mild Italian spring (24 ° C) and in front of nearly 16,000 spectators gathered in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the kickoff of Euro 2020 is whistled by the Dutch referee Danny Makkelie and given by Burak Yilmaz for Turkey. Yet very quickly, the ball was monopolized by Italy. And it is Ciro Immobile who offers himself the first strike of the competition. Receiving a long pass, Domenico Berardi manages to serve in extremis the striker of Lazio Rome, who does not manage to straighten the leather enough. His attempt ends in the small outside net (3e).
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Faithful to its philosophy under Roberto Mancini, the Squadra Azzura connects the long conservation sequences and recovers very quickly with each loss of ball. The Turks do not see the light of day much but are not worried. Losc striker Burak Yilmaz is the first Turkish player to attempt an offensive, but no one is there to take back his retreating cross (12e). At the quarter of an hour of play, the possession is clearly in favor of the men of Roberto Mancini (65%). After an attempt countered by Domenico Berardi at the entrance to the box, Lorenzo Insigne misses his roll at the penalty spot (18e) and Leonardo Bonucci tries his hand from afar (20e) but sees his strike flee the frame. It is getting closer for Italy! The Squadra Azzura even offered the best opportunity of this start of the meeting. On a corner, Insigne then served Giorgio Chiellini perfectly, who recovered with a powerful header. Cüneyt Çakır, the Turkish doorman, is forced to shine with a superb parade (21e). There is fire in the Turkish defense!
The teams :
Turquie : Cakir – Celik, Demiral, Söyüncü, Meras – Tufan, Yokuslu – Karaman, Yazici, Calhanoglu – B. Yilmaz (c).
Italy: Donnarumma – Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini (c), Spinazzola – Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli – Berardi, Immobile, Insigne.