One match down, 50 to go in Euro 2021. The primary match went in line with script with Italy blanking Turkey 3-0 in entrance of a quarter-full Olimpico in Rome.
Sporting Information presents seven takeaways from the match opener:
Italy. Simply, wow.
The Azzurri had been enjoying at house and all, however Italy is legit. The win in opposition to a reliable Turkey workforce was complete and their undefeated streak is as much as 28 matches and counting.
You noticed why they rating so many objectives. The midfielders and attackers transfer in all places with fast passes and switches. Opposing defenders simply can’t preserve observe of them, and the Italians get into the field with ease. After which Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma deal with the remainder.
Watch the highlights right here:
They might not have a famous person, however they need to roll by the remainder of Group A (the opposite two video games additionally at house). In the event that they win the group, they’re going to face the second-place workforce from Group C within the Spherical of 16: Austria, the Netherlands, Ukraine or North Macedonia.
That sound you hear is everybody clicking to lock in a good worth on Italy to win all of it whereas they will.
So, who was the star on Day 1?
It was really the Italian entrance three: Lorenzo Insigne, Domenico Berardi and Ciro Motionless. They’ve mastered these fixed actions we talked about they usually every had a hand within the three objectives.
Turkey held sturdy within the first half in opposition to them however then bodily wilted within the second. They did not sustain and the Italians ran rampant.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2021
First aim of Euros 2021: Personal aim
Turkish middle again Merih Demiral, who performs in Italy for Juventus, made historical past when he took a cross within the chest and it became the opening aim of the match.
Demiralising for Turkey 👀
— Stephen Doyle (@dubsoulrebel) June 11, 2021
Opening night time . . . opening ceremony
In the event you don’t really feel one thing when well-known Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli hits this observe through the opening ceremony, then you definately would possibly want a pulse verify:
Now that’s the way you do an anthem
Extra goosebumps: The Italian nationwide anthem at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. At all times gives chills.
That hand ball earlier than halftime
Everybody can identify a penalty kick for or in opposition to their membership that was most likely extra harmless than the prolonged arm of Turkish proper again Zebi Celik. The referee didn’t name the penalty simply earlier than halftime and the VAR did not sign a transparent and apparent error (the rating was nonetheless 0-0).
If the officers are usually not calling that handball, then you definately’ve obtained to imagine the referees are going to be lenient with unintended contact on this match, irrespective of how far the arm stretches out. If not, this video is the primary piece of proof groups are going to quote in the event that they’re on the flawed finish of a name.
Did we actually want that remote-controlled automotive?
Underneath the class of selling gimmicks that we are able to most likely do with out: the official match ball delivered in a distant management automotive when it may well simply as simply be thrown to the ref . . . and get there faster. Let’s hope this isn’t taking place each recreation.