The Uefa Euro 2020 tournament kicks off on Friday, June 11 - at 10 pm - with an enticing curtain-raiser between Turkey and Italy. The Azzurri (Italy) under head coach Roberto Mancini will be eager to avenge for failing to qualify for World Cup 2018.
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Italy is on a 27-game unbeaten streak on their way to face a strong Turkey side at the Stadio Olimpico in Group A. Mancini’s team will play at home in Rome.
The Italians have a formidable defence having kept several clean sheets. However, their attack is so fluid having scored 11 goals in the last two matches.
The Turks head into this match on a six-game unbeaten run, keeping 3 clean sheets out of the six games.
They will be hoping to enjoy a better outing than their last European Championship appearance, which ended in a group-stage exit in 2016 and also dent Italy’s hopes of winning their third European trophy.
While Turkey is favoured to join Italy at the top of Group A, which also has Wales and Switzerland, they are unlikely to get anything out of Friday’s opener against Italy.
Turkey vs Italy team news
Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır, Mert Günok, Uğurcan Çakır
Defenders: Zeki Çelik, Çağlar Söyüncü , Kaan Ayhan, Merih Demiral, Mert Müldür, Ozan Kabak, Rıdvan Yılmaz, Umut Meraş
Midfielders: Yusuf Yazıcı, Dorukhan Toköz, İrfan Can Kahveci, Okay Yokuşlu, Orkun Kökçü, Ozan Tufan, Taylan Antalyalı, Hakan Çalhanoğlu
Forwards: Burak Yılmaz, Cengiz Ünder, Enes Ünal, Abdülkadir Ömür, Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu, Kenan Karaman
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret, Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Spinazzola, Rafael Toloi
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella, Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti
Forwards: Andrea Belotti, Domenico Berardi, Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Giacomo Raspadori
Players to watch
Italy - Ciro Immobile
The 31-year-old Lazio striker scored 20 goals out of 51 shots on target in the 2020/21 Serie A campaign.
Turkey - Hakan Calhanoglu.
The AC Milan’s playmaker whose contract ends in July 2021 finished the campaign having created more chances than any other player across Europe’s top five leagues. He created nine assists and scored four goals in the 2020/21 Serie A campaign.
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