Rome – We dreamed of a proud, beautiful and winning Italy. And tonight, at the great debut at the European Championship with the wounds of World disappointment in 2018 to be cured definitively, Mancini’s men they offered a perhaps even greater spectacle. Deciding the brightest star is difficult: from Spinazzola’s gusts to Berardi’s blows, from Immobile’s cynicism to Insigne’s imagination. The final result says 0-3 on a modest Turkey, almost never proactive forward. And it doesn’t say everything, because the result could have been much wider considering the missed penalty and another couple of good chances on Chiellini’s head and Insigne’s right-footed shot.
But Mancini holds onto this 0-3, which represents the ninth consecutive victory and the twenty-eighth consecutive useful result (-2 from Pizzo’s record). Above all, it represents the best possible start for this European Championship, with three points in his pocket and many confirmations for the path in the competition.
Macini: “Beautiful evening”
“It was a good match, in these matches you need everything and there was also the help of the public. The team played very well “. This is the first ‘hot’ comment, from the microphones of RaiSport, of the coach Roberto Mancini after Italy’s 3-0 to Turkey.” It was important to start well here in Rome – says Mancini again. – and it is a satisfaction for us and for all Italians. It was a beautiful evening, I hope there are many more, but there are still six more for Wembley. ”
Turkey defends itself with order, relying on the counterattack to the spearhead Yilmaz. Mancini’s Italy is looking for the key to show the qualities it has shown, in crescendo, from the first Mancini outings to the last friendly against the Czech Republic. In the first minutes it is difficult, Immobile, Berardi and Insigne are looking for the bet but they are walled up by the Turkish defenders. The first thrill comes at 18 ‘: an initiative of the Sassuolo striker serves Insigne the opportunity to kick from his favorite position on the left. But the right round ends wide. Italy has picked up the pace and pushes on the accelerator. A shot from outside of Immobile makes the whole bench jump up due to an alleged hand ball in the area, but for the referee it is not a penalty.
The second 45 ‘opens immediately with a surprise: Florenzi comes out, Di Lorenzo takes his place on the right out. Turkey changes Yazici with the Roma player – this year on loan to Leicester – Under. Mancini’s men are called to forget a first half where the wall of the Turkish defenders held up well. And, above all, the episode of the missed penalty for which the team protested at the end of the first half: Celik’s wide arm on Spinazzola’s cross, but for the referee it is nothing. Italy risks on a set piece undergoing a counterattack from Under across the board, but in the eighth minute the game is released in favor of Mancini’s men. Blitz on the left of Berardi who puts in the middle a tense and insidious cross: on the trajectory Demiral is unlucky and scores in his own goal. Turkey is unbalanced to recover and at the exit gives the ball to Immobile who serves the rushing Insigne: the Napoli winger has his second chance of the match on the right but loses time to kick first.
The euphoria explodes in the 11th minute: Spinazzola controls a cross from Berardi in the area and kicks with the right, on Cakir’s rebound comes the winning tap-in from Immobile. The 0-2 is served, the stadium raises the tone and praises “his” bomber who plays home games with Lazio at the Olimpico. Now Italy seems in control and Mancini replaces Locatelli with Cristante. Turkey pulls the oars in the boat and can no longer pass the halfway mark. And to close the games is Insigne 10 minutes from the end without making a mistake, this time, with the right with the tachometer. Belotti and Chiesa take the place of the two scorers of the evening, Mancini manages the forces. In the final one too many risks, but it is really the only one of the match: it ends 0-3 after 90 ‘of blue domination.
On the next corner, Chiellini finds the perfect shot but the Turkish goalkeeper Cakir finds the instinctive response that saves the 0-0. The game goes on until 30 ‘, when a high shot by Barella temporarily turns off the vivacity of the Azzurri. He tries to revive the Italian fans present at the Berardi stadium from the outside, but the trajectory is still out of the goal defended with determination by the Turks. Together with the Beglio, it was the best defense of the European qualifiers. And it is proving it. At the end of the first half Immobile has the opportunity to turn around in the area, but the right is central and easy for Cakir to collect. Then the case for the slow motion: Spinazzola goes to the left, enters the area and his cross is intercepted with the hand by Celik. But the referee does not blow the whistle and the Var does not call him back: interval
The initial formations
Turkey (4-2-3-1): Cakir; Celik, Soyuncu, Demiral, Meras; Yokuslu, Tufan; Karaman, Calhanoglu, Yazici; Yilmaz. Herds Gunes.
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne. Herds Mancini.
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