Absent from the last World Cup, Italy was eagerly awaited on Friday for the kick-off of the Euro, and it did not fail in front of its Roman audience.
Serious and diligent, five years after its last match in a great competition, the Nazionale did not tremble for a second against Turkey (3-0), who did not live up to the meeting by refusing the game For the first time, she even scored three goals in a single Euro match, while keeping her clean sheet for the ninth time in a row.
After a frankly soporific first quarter of an hour, Roberto Mancini’s men quickly took control of the match under the impetus of a stirring Lorenzo Insigne, sinning more out of clumsiness than lack of initiative (14 shots in the first period, 3 on target) against a perfectly harmless Turkish team (0 shooting at the break, 3 in total) and lax in marking.
Senol Günes really had nothing to celebrate and he reacted quickly by throwing the wisp Cengiz Ünder in place of Yusuf Yazici at half-time. But the face of the match did not change an inch, and his defense, the best in qualifying (3 goals conceded, tied with Belgium), was shattered. Adding to technical mastery efficiency, Italy tightened its grip after returning from the locker room: after Domenico Berardi, involved on the three goals, pushed Mehdi Demiral to the fault in the box (53rd, 1-0), Ciro Immobile doubled the bet closely (66th, 2-0), before shifting Insigne in the box on a ball poorly cleared by the Turkish defense (79th, 3-0).
Player: Insignia was in good shape
If he has experienced waste (25 lost balls), Lorenzo Insigne has been all the good shots at Stadio Olimpico (5 shots, 3 last assists before a shot), like Berardi. He was above all the first to breathe a little life into the Nazionale at the start of the match, while the two teams watched each other cautiously, notably giving a goal ball to Giorgio Chiellini from a corner (22nd). The efforts of the Napoli striker ended up being rewarded with a nice goal in the 79th, when he closed the scoring with a curled shot on a shift from Immobile.
Mancini’s Italy haven’t lost any of their last 28 matches. His last defeat dates back to September 10, 2018 against Portugal.