Italy faces stronger opponents than Turkey in the European Football Championship 2020, but its convincing 3-0 victory in the opening of the tournament in front of its fans last night confirms that it has all the ingredients to go far.
The victory was a fitting reward for Roberto Mancini’s side, who extended their winning streak to 28 games with an impressive performance, while also keeping 12 clean sheets in their last 13 games.
Mancini, who took over after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, transformed a lackluster team into an integrated team that includes an effective three-way attack along with a midfield that does not lack creativity and a great defense.
And the 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic, in the last friendly match before the tournament last Sunday, seemed a test of what happened at the Olympic Stadium in Rome last night, as Mancini pushed the same squad unchanged against Turkey and his team succeeded again.
Turkey, although without fangs, proved defensive in the first half, but Italy left the impression that it was only a matter of time before they opened the scoring.
Domenico Berardi was dangerous on the right side throughout the match, and he sent a cross pass that hit the chest of Turkey’s Merih Demiral, and he slipped into his own net by mistake.
On the other hand, left-back Leonardo Spinazola penetrated the defense of Turkey, which conceded only 3 goals in 10 qualifiers matches, on more than one occasion, leaving the visiting team powerless against Italy’s attacks.
Ciro Immobile was rewarded for his efforts when he made the score two goals without a response in the 66th minute, before Lorenzo Insigne completed the hat-trick in the 79th minute with a superb shot that passed Turkey goalkeeper Arjan Shakir.
On the other hand, the veteran defense duo Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini played more comfortably than ever with Burak Yilmaz, Turkey’s top scorer, in a difficult situation after returning to the midfield to receive the ball.
After Italy scored 3 goals for the first time in a European Championship match, it appears that the new confidence they have gained and their commitment to attacking football will pay off.
The next two Group A matches will be played against Switzerland and Wales in the same stadium, backed by the performance of their happiest fans who are looking forward to more good play and victories.