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Euro 2020 kicked off in strange fashion with a remote control car driving the ball to the referee

Summary List PlacementA teeny tiny remote control car carrying the match ball stole the show as Euro 2020 kicked off in strange fashion Friday night. World soccer's biggest tournament since the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic started with Italy defeating Turkey 3-0 courtesy of an own goal from Juventus defender Merih Demiral and strikes from striker Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.  Prior to the game's kick off, instead of the ball being carried to the centre circle as per tradition, it was driven to the middle of the pitch by a miniature Volkswagen. The car brand is the tournament's "mobility partner." Dutch referee...

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A teeny tiny remote control car carrying the match ball stole the show as Euro 2020 kicked off in strange fashion Friday night.

World soccer’s biggest tournament since the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic started with Italy defeating Turkey 3-0 courtesy of an own goal from Juventus defender Merih Demiral and strikes from striker Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne. 

Prior to the game’s kick off, instead of the ball being carried to the centre circle as per tradition, it was driven to the middle of the pitch by a miniature Volkswagen. The car brand is the tournament’s “mobility partner.”

Dutch referee Danny Makkelie then plucked the ball from the car, which drove off into the night, and began the game. 

The bizarre start to the tournament evoked plenty of reactions on social media.

“Normalize mini cars driving soccer balls to the field,” wrote ESPN host Arda Ocal.

“I don’t know who needs to see this but the euro ball was just delivered to center pitch on a remote control car,” said popular online gaming streamer Zweback.

Some weren’t pleased with the teeny car’s involvement in the game.

Matty Hewitt, a Sunderland fan and social media writer for newspaper, the Chronicle, said: “Look. I was all up for  Euro 2020 until they drove the ball onto the pitch in a car. Get it cancelled.”

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