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The Italian national team opened the European Cup 2020 with the best opening after a year of delay imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, beating Turkey 3-0 in the first group match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome Friday.
Italy’s goals were scored by Merih Demiral (53 own goals), Ciro Immobile (66), and Lorenzo Insigne (79).
Before the start of the match, the tournament began with an opening ceremony that witnessed a musical performance by the famous Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli with a virtual appearance of Martin Garrix, Bono and “The Edge”, in addition to fireworks, in celebration of this exceptional edition of the tournament, which is being held for the first time in 11 cities. From 11 different countries and continues until July 11 with a partial audience.
Italy’s legends Alessandro Nesta and Francesco Totti moved the tournament’s opening ball ‘Uniforia’, combining the words uni (uni) and ecstasy (forea), to sum up what the tournament promises.
About 16,000 fans were allowed to be in the stadium’s stands in Rome, equivalent to 25 percent of the historic stadium’s capacity.
A tournament that promises to be festive despite the Corona virus epidemic, which imposed itself as a heavy guest on the continental championship even before it rolled after players in Spain and Sweden, which led to the postponement of the finals for a year after it was scheduled for the summer of 2020.
Although his danger will certainly remain until reaching the final match scheduled for July 11 at Wembley Stadium in London, the European Union “Wifa” announced a festive summer in the stands of 11 host cities and countries for the event that celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the start of the tournament.
But what preceded the start of the finals by a few hours has muddied this positive atmosphere somewhat, and it is not only about cases of “Covid-19” infection in the ranks of Spain, Sweden and Russia, but also added to that the political tension between the latter and Ukraine over the shirt that he was supposed to wear The last players in the tournament.
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