The embarrassment of missing out on the 2018 World Cup should serve as a motivation for the Azzurri in this tournament. Having qualified with a 10 out of 10 win ratio in qualifiers, expectations will be high. Italy got off to a great start with a comfortable win over the Turks in what is technically their home game. The Turks never got going, didn’t trouble Donnarumma in goal one bit, never played to Milan playmaker Calhanoglu’s strengths. In truth had the chances that Italy had got were taken they would have been 3-0 at half time.
Demiral scored the opener against his own keeper to hand Italy the lead. I reckon it was the fact that he didn’t adjust on his feet that worked against him or he could have let it go across him, Berardi’s shot would never have gotten to Immobile. Anyway such is soccer and from there the floodgates opened. Lazio forward Immobile added a second ten minutes later in typical number 9 fashion, picking up the scraps. My man of the match Insigne with the final nail after a horrendous error from Turkish keeper Cakir. An outing to forget for the Turks. What a start from Mancini’s men.