Turkey will face Italy in the opening game of UEFA EURO 2020 in Rome – here’s everything you need to know.
Italy will face Turkey in UEFA EURO 2020 Group A action in Rome on Friday, June 11 at 21:00 CET.
What is the backstory?
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The opening game of UEFA EURO 2020 – finally; this is sure to be a tournament opener with an extra special feel. Italy is unbeaten in 27 matches and will have the advantage of playing at home at the Olimpico in Rome, while Turkey will be looking to avoid defeat in their first EURO match at the fifth time of asking.
Turkey: Uurcan Akr; Zeki elik, Merih Demiral, alar Söyüncü, Umut Meraş; Okay Yokuşlu, Ozan Tufan, Hakan alhanolu, Cengiz Ünder, Kenan; Burak Ylmaz
Italy; Donnarumma, Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
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Reporter Görkem Kirgiz from Turkey: Turkey has brought plenty of excitement to previous EUROs with dramatic comebacks and last-minute drama, and enol Güneş has high hopes for this young team. The coach has made it clear that he is not coming to Rome to pick up a point; he wants to see his team play stylish football, and if everything goes right, they can cause a major upset in the first match.
Paolo Menicucci, Italy reporter: The Azzurri have not lost a game since 2018 and have yet to concede a goal in 2021, but Turkey is unquestionably stronger than many of Italy’s recent opponents. Nonetheless, I see a lot of enthusiasm in the camp. The Azzurri were brilliant in their final warm-up game before EURO, scoring four goals against Czech Republic with flashes of spectacular football, particularly in attack, where Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile, and Domenico Berardi all scored.
What the coaches have to say
Coach: enol Güneş, Turkey “The outcome of the first game is critical; a draw or a win can cause confusion in the group. I certainly hope so. I want to see our strength in the first match; even if we lose, we must play well. I’m hoping for a great game, an enjoyable game… and that we win!”
Italy’s coach, Roberto Mancini: “We must respect Turkey because they are a talented team. The opener is always challenging, and there will be plenty of emotions, but don’t get too carried away. I don’t believe there is an overabundance of enthusiasm: the fans can have it; we know who we’re up against. The desire to be the protagonists at this EURO is strong, but this is a match to be taken lightly. We’ve got this!”
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