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Italy sent a warning to the rest of Euro 2020 with a thumping 3-0 win over Turkey in the tournament’s opening match.
Roberto Mancini’s side took the lead shortly after half tme courtesy of an own goal from Juventus defender Merih Demiral.
Striker Ciro Immobile then doubled the home side’s advantage at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome in the 66th minute, before Lorenzo Insigne completed the rout with just over 10 minutes to play.
The win for Italy, which is seventh in the FIFA world rankings, continued its impressive winning streak, which extends all the way back to September 2018.
The Azzurri has won 22 of its 26 games since that date, including all 10 of its qualifying games for Euro 2020.
Euro 2020’s opening game started as a cagey affair.
However, it wasn’t long before a buoyant Italy started to see gaps in a Turkey side which looked set out to defend.
Insigne missed the first big chance of the match with 17 minutes played when he curled the ball just wide of Ugurcan Cakir’s goal.
Cakir then produced a brilliant save from Giorgio Chiellini’s header before Immobile spurned a great chance, firing the ball straight at the the Turkish keeper from the edge of the box.
After the break, however, Turkey looked spent and sick of finding itself on the back foot, conceding within just eight minutes through Demiral, who headed the ball into his own net.
Soon after, Immobile made it 2-0 with his first ever major tournament goal for Italy, before the electric Insigne curled home the way he couldn’t in the first half to complete the scoring.
“Italy were impressive in everything they did, not only with the ball but without it too. Going in threes and fours, they were too good and too quick,” said the former Newcastle United and England striker turned BBC pundit Alan Shearer said after the match.
“Turkey ran out of ideas and Italy’s passing was crisp, they had an energy about the game. Turkey were made to look very average by a very good Italy side.”