ROME (EFE) – Italy’s national team debuted this Friday at the European Championship with a resounding 3-0 victory against Turkey at the Roman Olympic Stadium, with an authoritarian performance decided by an own goal by Merih Demiral and targets of Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.
Roberto Mancini’s team, which was returning to a great international event after his absence from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, gave themselves a victory by landslide and a performance of great defensive strength.
Roberto Mancini’s men started with force in Group A, in which they are framed together with Switzerland and Wales, and celebrated their ninth consecutive victory, all without conceding a goal.
The technique of Italy ended up triumphing against the Turkish defensive power, although Senol Gunes’s men were able to close the spaces well and hinder the work of the “azzurri”, who arrived at this European Championship after high-level performances and a qualifying phase. immaculate, with ten wins out of ten.
Roberto Mancini’s men created a good volume of opportunities, with high-quality combinations, such as the triangulation that released a shot from Lorenzo Insigne, which ended up outside, and also with good actions from set pieces, such as the one that ended with a header from Giorgio Chiellini stopped by the Turkish goal Ugurcan Cakir.
But equality remained on the scoreboard at half-time, despite Turkey risking a possible penalty for a one-handed touch by Mehmet Çelik in the area that Dutch referee Danny Makkelie decided not to whistle.
And finally it had to be an unfortunate detour to his own goal by Merih Demiral, Juventus defender, at the beginning of the second half, which broke the equality in the Olympic clash and inaugurated the Eurocup scoring account.
Domenico Berardi dribbled over Umut Meras in the area and hung a cross that Demiral deflected to his own goal with his chest. It was an injection of confidence for Italy and a psychological blow for Turkey, in which Burak Yilmaz found it difficult to play balls against the aggressive marking of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
Italy, which with the Mancini management changed its philosophy, betting on a more offensive and less conservative game, kept pressing in search of the second goal and the award came in the 66th minute, through Immobile.
The Lazio striker took advantage of a central rebound from goalkeeper Cakir after a shot from Spinazzola to send the ball to the bottom of the meshes and celebrate, in his stadium, the 2-0 that put land in the middle and reassured the “azzurra” fans .
From then on, Italy was able to control the rhythms, move the ball and wait for the right moment to end their big night. That moment came in the 80th minute, when Immobile offered Insigne a perfect ball for the Neapolitan striker to strike at the goalkeeper with his right leg.
It was the 3-0 that Italy defended with authority until the end to start their path in the Eurocup with a firm step.
There have been nine consecutive victories for the Azzurro team, all without conceding a goal. An important push to arrive at the appointment with Switzerland on June 16 with full confidence.