‘Viva l’Italia!’ National papers celebrate the Azzurri’s dominant win over Turkey in their Euro 2020 opener… with a special mention for the returning fans at the Stadio Olimpico
- Italian sports press heaped praise on Italy for their winning start to Euro 2020
- The Azzurri comfortably beat a poor Turkey 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico
- The papers noted the special significance of fans being in the ground to watch
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
A national outpouring of joy flooded Italy’s sports pages in the wake of the Azzurri’s stunning 3-0 victory over Turkey in the Euro 2020 curtain-raiser on Friday.
Roberto Mancini’s side laid down a marker in their comprehensive defeat of the Crescent Stars, who shipped three second half goals after holding Italy at bay for the first 45 minutes.
But after Merih Demiral scored an own goal, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne were on hand to cap off a glorious night for Italy, one that its press were only too happy to celebrate.
Italy ran out dominant 3-0 winners over a poor Turkey side in the opening fixture of Euro 2020
Gazzetta dello Sport’s headline reads ‘Italy can smile’ after the Azzurri’s great performance
‘Italy can smile!’ ran the banner headline on Gazzetta dello Sport above a smiling Immobile and Insigne, with descriptions of the nation’s ‘spectacular start’ in which they ‘flattened Turkey’.
Corriere dello Sport opted for the classic ‘Viva l’Italia’ headline, again framing a celebrating Immobile and highlighting Italy’s dominance over their opponents.
Both papers also made note of the fans watching live, with the match having extra special significance for taking place in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico amid the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic that has seen football take place in empty stadiums for several months.
Ciro Immobile (left) scored Italy’s second goal of the night to huge roars from the home fans
With it effectively being a home game for Italy, one of eight host nations of Euro 2020, Gazzetta labelled the evening ‘party at the Olimpico’, while Corriere said Italy’s strong start to the tournament came with the ‘applause’ of the fans.
Making a simple statement for how Italy should start as they mean to go on, Tuttosport’s headline ran simply: ‘This is how we want you!’
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