Picture : the first goal of the EURO 2020 in the 53rd minute (AP)


*The first goal of Euro 2020 happened on the 53rd minute of the game Turkey – Italy when Merih Demiral sent the ball into his own net with a chest after a strong cross fom Domenico Berardi. This is the first time in European Championship history that the first goal of the tournament has been an own goal.

*Italy's 3-0 victory over Turkey is the biggest margin of victory in the opening match at a Euro final tournament.

*The Italian national team has now 28 matches in a row without defeat. Italy suffered its last defeat in September 2018 (0-1 from Portugal in the League Nations). This is the second longest streak in the history of the national team.
The record was set in the period from 1935 to 1939 when Italy did not lose 30 games in a row with Vittorio Pozzo as a coach. 

*Also Italy continues its winning streak: now 9 wins in a row.

Opening ceremony yesterday in Rom (AP)

*In all these 9 games, Italy did not concede goals: one game less than its all-time record (10 consecutive wins between November 1989 and June 1990).

*Another Italy’s winning streak regards the current edition of Euro: 11 victorious games out of 11 (including 10 wins in 10 games in the qualifying tournament). Another team who has won all its Euro 2020 games so far is Belgium (10 out of 10).

The 0-2 scored by Italian striker Immobile (AP)

*Italy have never yet lost at the Rome’s Stadio Olimpico in a major tournament (World Cup and Euro): 6 wins and 2 draws in 8 games. They also haven’t conceded a single goal in the last 7 of those 8 games.

*Italy has scored more than 2 goals for the first time in a game of Euro final tournament. It took 39 games for Scuadra Azzurra to finally score three!

The 0-3 scored by Italian Insigne (AP)

*Gianluigi Donnarumma became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play for Italy at a major tournament (World Cup and Euro): at the age of  22 years 106 days. Previously, the record holder was Giorgio Ghezzi (23 years, 342 days).

*Turkey has conceded in the first game of finals as many goals (3) as in the whole qualifying set (10 games) for Euro2020!

*Turkey continued its series of defeats in its opening matches at every major tournament (World Cup and Euro): they lost 7 such games out of 7! No other team who played at more than 3 such tournaments was defeated in every one of its opening matches.