In total, 24 teams will participate in the tournament. Euro 2020 is one of the biggest sports tournaments last year that was affected by the pandemic. Originally, it was to take place from June 12 until July 2020 of last year. However, the pandemic made this impossible and UEFA had to postpone the tournament.
The postponement of the major sports events last year was something that many sports fans were disappointed and sad about. However, safety measures had to be in place and so, many understood why it was necessary for big tournaments like the EURO 2020. Sports fans and punters had to shift their focus on other activities like playing online dice and craps games with real money.
Kick-Off Match Between Italy and Turkey
The first half of the match was goalless and it took 55 minutes for the first goal to come in. Eight minutes into the second half of the match, Domenico Berardi hit the byline. Unfortunately for Turkey, Merih Demiral turned the attempt into his team’s net.
The second goal came from Ciro Immobile which somehow made it hard for Turkey to equal the scores at that point of the game. The third goal came in later from Lorenzo Insigne. This secured Italy’s win against Turkey and the crowd was just happy for the team’s first win in this tournament.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini spoke to the reporters about the match. Mancini said, “After all that’s happened, now that the situation is getting better, I think the time has come to start providing fans with something to be satisfied with.”
Surely, Mancini was right and he spoke again to the reporters after the game. He said, "It was important to start well in Rome and I think it's a satisfaction for the public and Italians. There was a lot of help from the crowd. It was a beautiful evening. I hope there are many others but there are still six more for Wembley.”
What People Are Saying About Italy’s Kick-Off Performance
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand spoke about Italy’s performance too in an interview. He said, "It will make people stand up and take notice. If you play against Italy, you are going to have to perform. They got it to spot on tactically with a system that works for them.
"There will be tougher tests that lie ahead but they dealt with Turkey emphatically. This will wake up a few people if they had any question marks about Italy."
Even former Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas also had good things to say. Fabregas said, "You can see it at the end of the game, they are all together and you feel it. They are friends and they want to play for each other."
Alan Shearer, former England captain said that Italy has sent a little message out there to everyone. Surely, it was a dramatic turnaround from the position they found themselves three years ago. This was when Italy seems to have hit rock bottom by not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Micah Richards, Manchester City’s former defender then spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about the first match. Richards said, "People will go over the top but you want the first game to be a bang and we certainly got that. Not only the players but the manager deserves huge credit for installing that confidence in the players.
"Italy was a mess when Mancini took over. He changed the style of play. They were impressive in everything they did, not only with the ball but without it too.”
More on Euro 2020
Fans are just surely happy and looking forward to seeing the rest of the tournament. The stadium in Italy where the first match was held, allowed a capacity of 25 percent to witness the kick-off live. And the majority of the EURO 2020s will likely have a live audience already.
Goal.com’s deputy features editor Mark Doyle said that the tournament being able to start alone is already a major victory. He said, “If you had asked me two or three months ago if Rome would be in a position to stage a match, I would have said no, the numbers were still too high.
“It’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t been deeply affected by this in terms of the loss of a loved one … so, just getting fans into the stadium, I think is a massive achievement,” he explained further.
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