For the most part, Turkey stayed narrow in defense and kept the Italians out as they threatened an onslaught in the first half. After the water break, Italy raised their game by a few notches, producing a dominant display to mark the opening night of the tournament.
Roberto Mancini’s side, who hadn’t lost a single game in the qualifiers, got their first real sight of goal when Lorenzo Insigne found a pocket of space on the left inside the box, but was unable to curl in Domenico Berardi’s well weighted ball.
Halfway into the first period, Giorgio Chiellini almost broke the deadlock with fierce header which was saved by Ugurcan Cakir after the Italian was left unmarked for a corner. Forwards Insigne and Ciro Immobile tried to give their side the lead going into the break, but Turkey’s young and gritty unit kept shape and kept them at bay.
Both sides looked to up the intensity early in the second half with Turkey, who were thoroughly out-passed, getting their first shot on goal in through Cengiz Ünder, which was duly saved by Donnaruma.
A minute later the task became tougher for Turkey as Merih Demiral deflected Berardi’s sharp cross from the right into the back of his own net off his stomach to give Italy the lead. This was the first time in the competition’s history that the opening goal had been an own goal.
Hosts on the night, Italy, then doubled their lead a little later when Immobile was on hand to tuck home the rebound after Leonardo Spinazzola’s shot was saved by Cakir.
Insigne put the tie beyond and sealed the points for Italy in the 79th minute as he curled home a beautiful first-time shot from the left.
Turkey will face Wales next in Group A, while Italy play Switzerland, with both games slated for 16 June.
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