The three Balkan countries failed in their first matches in EURO 2020, as Turkey lost 3-0 to Italy, Croatia 1-0 to England and North Macedonia 3-1 to Austria.
Italy scored three goals in an EURO match for the first time in their history as they defeated Turkey in the opening match of UEFA EURO 2020 in Rome.
The Italians gave their mark from the first match of EURO 2020 with their biggest victory in the competition but having a fruitless and disappointing first half. The only remarkable moment was the impressive repulse of the goalkeeper of the Turkish team Ucanurcan Çakır on the head strike of Giorgio Chiellini.
Eight minutes after the start of the second half, Domenico Berardi shot towards the Turkish goalpost, the ball hit Merih Demiral (53 ‘) and ended up in his team’s net, scoring an own goal.
Ciro Immobile 13 minutes later scored the second goal, while Lorenzo Insigne 11 minutes before the end of the match made the final 3-0.
Turkey: Uğurcan Çakır; Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, Çağlar Söyüncü, Umut Meraş; Okay Yokuşlu (fanrfan Can Kahveci 65), Ozan Tufan (Kaan Ayhan 64), Yusuf Yazıcı (Cengiz Ünder 46), Kenan Karaman (Halil Dervişoğlu 76), Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Burak Yılmaz
Italy: Donnarumma; Florenzi (Di Lorenzo 46), Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli (Cristante 74); Berardi (Bernardeschi 85), Immobile (Belotti 81), Insigne (Chiesa 81)
Raheem Sterling’s goal secured England victory in their opening game in EURO finals for the first time in its history.
England came out aggressively from the start of the match, but Dominik Livaković kept his goalpost intact throughout the first half.
Luka Modrić put Jordan Pickford in a difficult position, but he reacted impressively. Almost immediately after, Phillips put Sterling ahead of Livaković, scoring 1-0 at 57, which was the final score. ‘
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier; Phillips, Rice; Sterling (Calvert-Lewin 90), Mount, Foden (Rashford 71); Kane (Bellingham 82)
Croatia: Livaković; Vrsaljko, Ćaleta-Car, Vida, Gvardiol; Brozović (Vlašić 70); Kramarić (Brekalo 70), Modrić, Kovačić (Pašalić 85), Perišić; Rebić (Petković 78)
In the presence of the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Bogdan Aurescu, North Macedonia was defeated 3-1 by Austria, in its maiden match in the final phase of EURO.
Stefan Lainer broke the defensive line of North Macedonia in the 18th minute, scoring the first goal for Austria, which was the team’s first goal in the first half of a major tournament match since 1982.
Ten minutes later, Goran Pandev took the ball from the unstable repulse of goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and scored the first goal of North Macedonia in the EURO at 28 ‘.
The fast pace continued in the second half and in the 78th minute Michael Gregoritsch who had come in as a substitute, scored the second goal of Austria. In 89 ‘Marko Arnautović sealed the victory for Austria at the National Stadium in Bucharest.
Austria: Bachmann; Dragović (Lienhart 46), Alaba, Hintergger; Lainer, Sabitzer, Laimer (Baumgartlinger 90 + 3), X. Schlager (Ilsanker 90 + 4), Ulmer; Baumgartner (Gregoritsch 58), Kalajdzic (Arnautović 59)
North Macedonia: Dimitrievski; S. Ristovski, D. Velkovski, Musliu (Ristovski 86); Nikolov (Bejtulai 63), Bardi (Tričkovski 82), Ademi, Elmas, Alioski; Pandev, Trajkovski (Kostadinov 63) / ibna