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Mancini's philosophical transformation of Italy withstands toughest test yet in comprehensive Euro 2020-opening win over Turkey

 11 days ago

Cover picture for the articleAside from two very familiar faces in the centre of defence, this isn't the Italy we're all accustomed to. Manager Roberto Mancini had promised daring and risk-taking, as well as the traditional Italian football tropes of work ethic and patience. His team were true to their word in the opening game of Euro 2020, outlasting Turkey after a scoreless first half to win 3-0 -- the first time the Azzurri have ever scored three times in a European Championship game -- and extending their unbeaten streak to 26 games on an emotional night in Rome.