A yr later than deliberate, Euro 2020 is lastly right here because the match kicks off with the Group A opening recreation on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Italy, rebuilt by Roberto Mancini, tackle Senol Gunes’s Turkey trying to make amends after failing to qualify for the World Cup three years in the past and getting knocked out within the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.
Turkey did not get out of their group 5 years in the past and had been additionally no-shows in Russia two years later, however will fancy their possibilities with Wales and Switzerland making up the remainder of Group A.
Earlier than kick-off, although, we have now the Euros opening ceremony, which can characteristic Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma and a digital efficiency from Martin Garrix, Bono and The Fringe of the official tune of the match — We Are The Individuals.
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Italy group information
Italy XI: Donnarumma, Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli, Berardi, Motionless, Insigne
Subs: Raspadori, Bastoni, Sirigu, Meret, Di Lorenzo, Belotti, Pessina, Emerson Palmieri, Chiesa, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi.
Turkey group information
Turkey XI: Cakir, Celik, Demiral, Soyuncu, Meras, Yokuslu, Karaman, Tufan, Yazici, Calhanoglu, Burak Yilmaz
Subs: Gunok, Underneath, Tokoz, Bayindir, Antalyali, Kabak, Unal, Kokcu, Kahveci, Ayhan, Muldur, Dervisoglu.
I wasn’t a giant fan of the multi-nation match even earlier than Covid and it actually isn’t preferrred on a logistical entrance now.
You normally desire a hub, followers and groups descending on one nation for a correct soccer carnival.
However the one good factor, provided that capacities are going to be severely restricted at many of the grounds, is that we’re going to get residence followers at way more video games than we might in a standard match and hopefully that’ll get an honest environment going.
Proper then, time for a fast pre-Euros guidelines.
Wallchart up? (I can’t discover any Blu-Tack)
Sweepstake drawn? (I’ve received Poland, Finland and Timo Werner to win the golden boot – cheers)
Shirt bought? (Scrambled down the store this morning for mine)
So long as we’re all prepared then…
Getting in early…
Wales and Switzerland are the opposite two sides in Group A they usually meet out in Baku tomorrow at 2pm.
For extra in regards to the group, try our preview right here.
Learn how to watch tonight’s recreation
TV channel: Tonight’s match will likely be televised on BBC One without cost, with protection from 7pm BST for an 8pm kick-off.
Stay stream: UK viewers will have the ability to watch the match on-line without cost through the BBC iPlayer.
Crew information to come back in round an hour. Right here’s our we predict each groups will line up.
Turkey: Cakir; Meras, Soyunco, Demiral, Celik; Yokuslu, Tufan; Karaman, Calhanoglu, Yazici; Yilmaz
Italy: Donnarmma; Florenzi, Chiellini, Bonucci, Spinnazola; Locatelli, Jorginho, Barella; Insigne, Motionless, Chiesa
Roberto Mancini has warned his buoyant Italy aspect to be on their guard towards Turkey.
Mancini’s males go into the match as one of many favourites for the title after launching themselves on a 27-match unbeaten run, together with successful all 10 of their qualifying video games.
However Mancini, who spent a yr teaching Galatasaray within the Turkish Tremendous Lig, is all too conscious of the risk posed by his opponents, and the potential of freezing on the massive event.
Mancini instructed a press convention: “The primary match is at all times essentially the most tough. We should shake off the strain and never take into consideration different issues, simply deal with what must get performed.
“There will likely be somewhat extra stress with it being the opening match of the match, and Turkey are filled with expertise, but it surely stays simply one other match and we have now to deal with that.”
Italy group information
Italy could title the group lineup with beat Czech Republic in a pleasant final week.
Domenico Berardi made in 4 objectives in as many video games for the Azzurri so ought to begin on the correct wing, alongside Manuel Locatelli and Jorginho.
Marco Verratti remains to be out with a knee damage.