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Turkey 0-3 Italy: Post-match analysis and notable performances

Bertrand Traore

Italy surpassed Turkey’ challenge with ease, following a 3-0 victory in the first game of Euro 2020 at Stadio Olimpico.  

The Azzurri failed to break the deadlock in the first half. However, it was a completely different ball game in the second half. Turkey’s defender Merih Demiral scored an own goal, which gave the lead to Roberto Mancini’s side. And two late goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne secured a confidence-boosting win for Roberto Mancini’s side. 

With this victory, Italy earned crucial three points and Turkey will have to dig deep and grind results from the next two games to qualify for the round of 16 stage of Euro 2020

Turkey 0-3 Italy team news:

Mancini went with his preferred 4-3-3 formation and Gianluigi Donnarumma started between the sticks. The famous defensive partnership of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci named in the first eleven. 

Meanwhile, Napoli talisman Lorenzo Insigne was on the left-wing position and Sassuolo forward Dominico Berardi was on the right-wing ahead of Federico Chiesa. Ciro Immobile was given the responsibility to lead the line. 

Turkey manager Senol Gunes structured his team in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Juventus defender Merih Demiral was partnered by Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu in the center back. AC Milan talisman Hakan Calhanoglu started in the attacking midfield position and veteran Burak Yilmaz led the line for the Crescent-Stars. 

Turkey 0-3 Italy Post-match analysis:

The first half was a tight and cagey affair, as The Crescent-Stars were trying to be compact and not concede anything. Roberto Mancini’s side struggled to break the stubborn defensive shape and failed to create any clear cut opportunities. 

However, the Azzurri have attempted 14 shots in the first half and only three of those were on targets. On the other hand, Turkey could not get out of their half in the first half and as a result of that, they were unable to make a single attempt. 

There was a big handball shout late in the first half from the Italians, but the referee did not award anything and VAR agreed with the on-field decision. In Serie A these handballs have been given as a penalty in the last couple of seasons. 

However, in the second half, Turkish boss Senol Gunes changed the team’s approach. And tried to be more expensive, which gave Mancini’s side the necessary spaces between the lines. 

Early in the second half, Italy found the breakthrough. Berardi made a great run from the right and delivered a strong cross. Demiral didn’t have enough time to deal with it and it went back of the net off the defender’s chest. 

The game became more open and Italy showed their attacking prowess as the game approached towards the end. Immobile scored the second goal from a close distance after the Turkish goalkeeper saved the initial shot. And Insigne scored the third goal with a first-time shot, after receiving the ball from Ciro Immobile. 

Notable Performances:

Ciro Immobile: There was a huge doubt before coming into the competition if Immobile could replicate his domestic performance for the national side. And the tournament has started well for Italy forward by scoring a goal and an assist against Turkey. 

Lorenzo Insigne: Looked very good throughout the game and scoring the third goal before coming off the pitch will give him a huge boost. 

Giorgio Chiellini: The veteran looked like a young enthusiastic player. Made attacking runs from defence quite a few times and could have scored the opener in the first half. 

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