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  • Turkey-Italy 

    0-0

  • Group A

  • Opening day EC

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A substitution on both sides: Giovanni Di Lorenzo joins Italy for Alessandro Florenzi and Cengiz Ünder replaces Yusuf Yazici at Turkey.

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46' Kick-off! 

We are playing soccer again in Rome!

The second half at Turkey-Italy (0-0) is on its way...

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📊 #EURO2020 HT Stats: #TUR 0-0 #ITA

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Author WhoScored.comMoment of places19: 52 - June 11, 2021

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It's rest! 

No goals halfway through Turkey-Italy.

The Italians are better and also had some chances, but were not successful yet.

The 2006 world champion also failed to decorate a penalty with a lot of shouting, because referee Makkelie did not want that.

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45 'That is the third time that the Italians are screaming for a penalty.

Again a cross from Spinazzola ends up on a Turkish arm.

This time the VAR will look, but it will not be a penalty.

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44 'The long attack eventually results in a shot from Immobile, but that goes straight to goalkeeper Cakir.

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43 'Italy plays the ball around the Turkish penalty area for a while.

Not out of luxury, but because the hole is not found.

However, the Turks are unable to hold onto the ball afterwards.

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38 'We are heading for peace in Rome.

The moments of excitement mainly took place in front of the Turkish goal, but they have not yet led to goals.

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35 'Gianluigi Donnarumma has to come into action for the first time (a little).

The Italy goalkeeper boxed away a cross from Burak Ymazlmaz, so that Turkey's chance was lost.

That was, if you can call it that, the first danger of the Turks.

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33 'Immobile can head after a good combination of the Italians.

The ball goes wide, so it still remains 0-0.

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30 'We played for half an hour.

Italy could have taken the lead, but it's not all that spectacular yet.

Turkey hasn't shown anything yet.

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Danny Makkelie has not really had to intervene yet, but has already twice been confronted by a group of protesting Italians.

They claimed hands and wanted a penalty.

The ball also hit a Turkish hand twice, but not in such a way as to give a penalty.

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Italy is growing in the duel and is the parent in Rome.

Turkey can only hold back and has not yet been dangerous in the transition.

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22' 

Chance! 

Here it is almost 0-1 for Italy.

Chiellini can head after a corner, but Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir has a great save to prevent the opening goal.

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21 'Shouting again from the stands.

This time when Immobile's shot landed on Caglar Söyüncü's arm, but the Turkish defender couldn't help it and he had his arm neatly by the body.

So no penalty for Italy.

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Insigne is disappointed, because he really had the best chance so far to get the score.

For the time being, after twenty minutes of play, it is still 0-0 in Rome.

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18 'Excitement in the stadium when a cross from Leonardo Spinazzola comes on the arm of Zeki Celik, but Makkelie (rightly) does not point to the spot.

Not much later Lorenzo Insigne gets a real chance after a good combination, but his placed bet flies wide.

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14 'A shot from distance from Berardi is blocked early and is therefore not dangerous.

Just a moment, let's stick to that, because that was a while ago.

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As is often the case, an opening game is a game of caution and that is also the case in Rome for the time being.

In terms of football spectacle, it seems to come from the Italians, because Turkey is mainly lurking for the switch.

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11 'Italy is looking for spaces in Turkey's close defense, but that is not working for the time being.

Turkey itself has not yet been dangerous.

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8 'It is a scan in the opening phase.

Italy has more of the ball, but is too sloppy for the time being to become really dangerous.

The Italians also know that Turkey is life-threatening in the counter.

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What a way to start EURO 2020!

😍 #EURO2020 https://t.co/9ZLgRqzoBU

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AuthorUEFA EURO 2020Moment of places19: 05 - 11 June 2021

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3 'First moment of excitement in this game.

Domenico Berardi gets the ball in front of the goal with difficulty and Ciro Immobile can shoot, but the ball ends up in the side net.

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1' Kick-off! 

Referee Danny Makkelie blows his whistle and so this European Championship has started!

Turkey and Italy kick off the tournament in Rome.

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A lot of noise from the stands after the Italian national anthem.

The fans in Rome are certainly looking forward to it!

In a few minutes the ball will finally roll for the 

European Championship 2020

, which will be played a year later.

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The line-ups of both countries:



Turkey

: Cakir;

Celik, Demiral, Soyuncu, Meras;

Yokuslu, Karaman, Tufan, Yazici;

Çalhanoglu, Yilmaz.



Italy

: Donnarumma;

Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola;

Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli;

Berardi, Immobile, Insignia.

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The players are coming onto the field! 

It is time for the national anthems of both countries.

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The first Dutchman at this European Championship has already taken action, because Martin Garrix also just gave a (virtual) performance.

He made the European Championship theme song with Bono.

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It does, of course, produce beautiful pictures.

The performance of the world famous Andrea Bocelli could count on the approval of the fans present.

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An opening ceremony also includes fireworks, as is the case here in Rome.

We almost forget that the ball will roll in just under fifteen minutes.

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This is what it looks like in the picture, such an opening ceremony.

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During the opening ceremony, which is not always the favorite part of the sports fan in front of the TV, there is of course attention for what is unique about this European Championship, because we will not be playing in one or two, but in no fewer than eleven countries.

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It is now time for the opening ceremony of this European Championship.

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Italy can therefore appear at the kick-off with complete confidence, as witnessed by these statistics.

🇮🇹 Unbeaten in 27 games 💪🇮🇹 Yet to concede a goal in 2021 🚫 #EURO2020

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AuthorUEFA EURO 2020Moment of places18: 36 - June 11, 2021

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How did both countries do in the last European Championships?



Turkey


2016: Group Stage


2012: Not Qualified


2008: Semi Final


2004: Not Qualified


2000: Quarter Final



Italy


2016: Quarter Final


2012: Losing Finalist


2008: Quarter Final


2004: Group Stage


2000: Losing Finalist

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More and more seats in the stadium are occupied.

It's 35 minutes until kick-off in Rome...

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The players have now started the warm-up.

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Who will win the opening game?

  • Italy

  • Turkey

  • Draw

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The players report on the field and the fans trickle into the stadium.

There will soon be room for just under 16,000 fans in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where there are more than 72,000 seats.

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Turkey and Italy also met at the 2000 European Championship in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In Arnhem it then became 1-2 for Italy in the group stage.

Both countries then qualify for the knockout phase.

After that, they played against each other twice in a friendly international game (the last time in 2006).

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Italian national coach Roberto Mancini gives text and explanation about his line-up.

In less than an hour we will start the first match at this European Championship: Turkey-Italy.

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He should score the goals tonight at Italy: Ciro Immobile.

The 31-year-old Lazio striker has scored 13 goals in 46 international matches so far.

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We already saw Chiellini, but the Turks are also present in Rome for the first game of this European Championship.

🇹🇷 Turkey arrive for their Group A opener... #EURO2020

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AuthorUEFA EURO 2020Moment of places17: 53 - June 11, 2021

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The born Haarlemmer Orkun Kökçü and the born Rotterdammer Halil Dervisoglu are sitting on the bench at Turkey.

They therefore belong to 'the first 23', because there are also three players from each country in the stands at this tournament.

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