Italy were halfway to winning this tournament when they wheeled out Andrea Bocelli to reduce us all to quivering wrecks with Nessun Dorma before kick-off, and went on to prove why they are serious contenders this summer.
That the Italians came into the tournament somewhat under the radar despite having not lost since September 2018 is rather remarkable, but they have made a mark early now, comfortably brushing aside a disappointing Turkey at Stadio Olimpico.
Roused by the tenor’s performance and having belted out their national anthem with typical vigour, Roberto Mancini’s side began Euro 2020 with some intent.
Lorenzo Insigne, Domenico Berardi and Leonardo Bonucci all tried their luck inside the opening 20 minutes as The Azzurri piled the pressure on a nervy Turkey.
The visitors held their own until the break but Italy remained patient and, crucially, untroubled at the back – a trait which bodes well the deeper they go in the tournament.
Turkey had stifled their hosts in the final third by packing the box with red shirts, something which came back to bite them early in the second half.
Nicolo Barella fed Berardi down the right hand side, the Sassuolo forward drove forward and cut back for Ciro Immobile, only for the cross to strike Merih Demiral who earned himself the first goal of Euro 2020 – just at the wrong end.