A year later than planned, Euro 2020 is finally here as the tournament kicks off with the Group A opening game at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Italy, rebuilt by Roberto Mancini, take on Senol Gunes’s Turkey looking to make amends after failing to qualify for the World Cup three years ago and getting knocked out in the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.
Turkey failed to get out of their group five years ago and were also no-shows in Russia two years later, but will fancy their chances with Wales and Switzerland making up the rest of Group A.
Before kick-off, though, we have the Euros opening ceremony, which will feature Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma and a virtual performance from Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge of the official song of the tournament — We Are The People.
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This is as close as we’ve come…
HALF-TIME | Turkey 0-0 Italy
Goalless at the break at the Stadio Olimpico.
44 mins: I’m not quite sure how Burak Yilmaz has escaped a booking here. He gets a rare touch in the Italy box, knocks it past Chiellini and then hurls himself onto the floor in comical fashion. No penalty, obviously, but no card for diving either.
43 mins: It’s so, so congested around the edge of the Turkey box. At one point there all ten outfield players were deeper than the 18-yard-line.
Immobile shuffles right across the box and shoots back through some legs but again it’s straight at Cakir.
39 mins: Berardi’s turn to let fly from a long way but his strike is always high and wide. They’ve been good, Italy, but they’ll be a little angsty if they get to half-time without a lead.
37 mins: Chiellini now goes and has a rampage forward before laying off to Insigne, who again looks to curl but this time gets it too straight and it’s right at Cakir.
35 mins: Donnarumma could have had a nice Italian cigar on for much of the first half but he’s called into action for the first time to dive low and punch clear and awkward cross.
33 mins: That’s not far away either. Berardi pops up on the left this time and floats a cross to the back post. It’s difficult for Immobile, who is back-peddling and has little pace on the ball to work with, but he manages to plant a header just wide of the far post.
32 mins: Spinazzola’s pretty much played as a left winger so far, he’s having a field day. This time he jinks inside and finds Insigne, who forces a corner, but Turkey deal with this one rather better after Italy try to work it short.