Euro 2020 Diary Day 1 – At last

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After a year delay, Euro 2020 got underway and it was a lovely old night wasn’t it? A night where everyone felt a little bit Italian as the Azzurri put on a show. 

It started in spectacular fashion with an incredible opening ceremony with Andrea Boceli’s rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma. That’s how you start a football tournament! No daft dancers or weird displays of the flag of many nations, although I did like the balloons.

Give me some Italian Italian bloke belting out an absolute belter every time please. It does make me wonder why UEFA haven’t claimed Nessun Dorma before as the Euro’s official anthem. 

I was worried after that incredible display that maybe the tournament had peaked before a ball was kicked. My fears were quickly put to bed however when the ball entered the field on the back of a wee car! 

I am shocked to see on Twitter some people hated this! It’s a football in a wee motor, what’s to dislike about that? My only worry now is not just has the tournament peaked but has humanity itself peaked. A ball in the back of a wee car, brilliant. 

Then the football itself started and Italy from the off where far and away the better team. I was somewhat surprised to see how defensive Turkey were but at the same time they were hardly given a sniff of the ball. 

They held out well to take it in goalless at the break but it I think it was clear to everyone when Italy opened the scoring Demiral own goal that this was just the start for the Italians. 

Ciro doing Ciro things following up in the box to double the lead then a stunning third goal from Isigne to round up the scoring. Some of the football Italy played in the second half was a joy to watch. Chiellini even got a trademark tackle in before the final whistle to round of a great night.

I am a happy wee many after that tonight, a super start tournament. 

A full day tomorrow which I am very much looking forward to talking about with you tomorrow night. 

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