The UEFA EURO 2020 began with the inaugural match between Turkey and Italy on Friday. The match took place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where Italy emerged victoriously on their home soil dominating Turkey by a 3-0 win.
Ciro Immobile – the MOTM
Though the first 45 minutes of the game, went goalless, still the fight in between them was interesting. However, Italy was the favorite for this match, as the forwarder Ciro Immobile was present on the field. The focal point for the Azzurri was certainly Ciro Immobile for this match.
The instinctive striker, netted the first goal for Italy, by hitting a loose ball hard towards his aim. The first goal was, however, an own goal on the 53rd minute, scored by the Turkish player, Merih Demiral, which was the first goal of the season. Soon Italy was leading by 2-0 after Ciro’s goal at the 66th minute.
The third goal of the game soon came after 13minutes. It was netted by Lorenzo Insigne, making it impossible for Turkey to come back in this match.
Opta Joe on Italy versus Turkey match
Immobile’s magnificent performance helped Italy to reach the milestone of scoring three goals for the first time in a single European Championship match.
The 31-year-old Ciro Immobile, received the man of the match award for his incredible performance in the match. He displayed 78% of pass completion, one dribble, six shots, two key passes, and one aerial won. Italy has their next match against Switzerland on 17th June. If Ciro keeps up his consistency, it will be hard for opponents to deal with him.