Italy, Turkey to kick off Euro 2020

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Italy volition face Turkey successful Rome connected Friday arsenic Euro 2020 yet gets underway a twelvemonth behind schedule and nether coronavirus scare.

Postponed 12 months agone due to the fact that of the pandemic, the European Championship – with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal the holders – is being played for the archetypal clip each crossed the continent, with 11 cities from as acold isolated arsenic Seville to Baku hosting matches.

The thought was archetypal mooted by Michel Platini astir a decade ago erstwhile helium was president of UEFA and has survived the Covid-19 crisis, but matches are being played successful beforehand of constricted crowds and with onerous health restrictions successful place.

In Rome, the Stadio Olimpico volition beryllium filled to astir 25 percent of capacity, meaning 16,000 supporters volition beryllium contiguous to ticker Roberto Mancini’s Italy look Turkey successful the archetypal crippled successful Group A.

“The opener is ever difficult, and determination volition be plenty of emotions but you can’t get excessively carried away,” said Mancini, who has guided the Azzurri backmost to a large tourney aft their ignominious failure to scope the 2018 World Cup.

Mancini has rebuilt Italy, the 1968 European champions, connected a 27-match unbeaten run.

“We person created a large squad. We privation to proceed to have amusive unneurotic and we volition effort to marque it to London. I’m very positive,” helium told reporters.

London volition big the semi-finals of the 24-team tournament as good arsenic the last connected July 11.

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