At the Olimpico, Mancini’s national team continues its positive streak with a mature and convincing performance. After Demiral’s own goal, the goals of Immobile and Insigne. Switzerland on Wednesday
ROME. There could be no sweeter Roman night for the European debut. Italy stretches Turkey with a perfect, mature match. And now it is easy to say that everything was already foreseen, that we expected it. Because the tension on the eve was palpable at least as much as the desire of the Azzurri to show off, to bring back the value of the shirt, to put their heads out of their shells. We have just started and perhaps we were expecting a more equipped opponent for these levels, but Italy was first good and then beautiful. Turkey shut our mouths for a while, but we went to the center of the ring and never moved from there. Shots to the flanks, then the big target. In the end a clear verdict, right. And that opens up a highway for the future, where we will find Switzerland on Wednesday.
And what is it worth doing it in front of the public. The stands of the Olimpico are stained by spectators, that’s not all but a lot is already seen from where we started. The sound is even alienating, background noises we were no longer used to. Including the usual boorish chants about the return of the opposing goalkeeper.
It starts and Turkey takes very little time to make it clear why in the qualifying round they conceded only three goals, Gunes’s team plays all shrunken behind the ball line, struggles out of their own half and when they do it recoils very quickly. Not even there was a curfew. Italy has a soft start, just to understand the effect it has. At the start the ball spins more slowly than usual, precisely because the red jerseys cover every space: it happens that Yazici often takes the air off Jorginho and already here we lose a playing time, but not the supremacy. Ten minutes and possession says Italy 71%. Difficult, however, to break through. It would take a stroke of genius, the one that normally lives in Insigne’s right, but the Neapolitan wasted on 18 ‘. Spinazzola is the winger, Chiellini is the first to collect the second balls outside the opponent’s area and this already tells of how the game is.
Just the captain blue comes close to scoring with a corner shot that Cakir foils. It is hard to find spaces, let’s try with the game changes to unbalance the Turkish center of gravity, a solution that does not always give the desired effects. Immobile has two wardrobes on him, luckily we always create numerical superiority with Spinazzola. Gunes must have studied it well because Celik and Karaman are two trained gendarmes, but the blue number 4 often sends them to the bar. At the end of the first half, after yet another fake success, one of his cross slams on Celik’s arm in a very evident way. Makkelie is flawless, the Var after the check either: penalty up to two days ago, nothing with the application of the new rules. The arm is wide because the Turkish defender is on the run and not to create an obstacle to the ball. Mah.
Turkey does not get upset, they sit at the table of the second half with the same aplomb, but it is one of those accidents of football that spoils the plans: it is called an own goal and he stumbles on it in the 52nd minute Demiral. Berardi’s cross, delightIose the feint to get rid of Meras, he is tense and slams against the chest of the Juventus defender. The goal we were looking for and that opens the waters of the red sea. The spark we were waiting for: Italy goes. Loose, lighter as if the monkey of the debut had finally taken off.
We also push to the right with Di Lorenzo, who took the place of Florenzi not at his best: blue on velvet. Immobile, rapacious, on the ball for the tap-in of the doubling. Insigne puts the icing on the cake, off to the party. With this there are twenty-eight games in a row without defeats in the Mancini management, two from Pozzo. An impressive number, but the feeling this evening is that we have only just begun. It is called blue magic.
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