Italy kicked off Euro 2020 in style with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both scored in the Group A opener.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli took to the pitch to sing the iconic ‘Nessun Dorma’ – the official anthem of Italia ’90 – during a spectacular opening ceremony and Roberto Mancini’s side put on an emphatic showing.
Turkey managed to frustrate their opponents for 45 minutes but faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral put through on his net (53) following a tasty Domenico Berardi cross. That opened the game up which suited Italy’s aggressive and attack-minded style as Immobile (66) and Insigne (79) added further weight to Italy’s margin of victory.
It was the first time in 39 European Championship matches that Italy had scored more than two goals in a game.
Mancini’s side – who played with great energy off the ball – are now unbeaten in 28 internationals (W23 D5) since going down 1-0 to Portugal in Lisbon in the UEFA Nations League in 2018.