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Italy toil to spoil Turkey's opening day

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.39CET
Turkey 1-2 Italy
Italy required a 70th-minute penalty by Filippo Inzaghi to get their UEFA EURO 2000 campaign off to a winning start against resolute opponents.
Italy toil to spoil Turkey's opening day
Filippo Inzaghi was the match-winner for Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyItaly

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.39CET

Italy toil to spoil Turkey's opening day

Turkey 1-2 Italy
Italy required a 70th-minute penalty by Filippo Inzaghi to get their UEFA EURO 2000 campaign off to a winning start against resolute opponents.

Italy got their UEFA EURO 2000 campaign off to a winning start in Group B, but required a second-half penalty by Filippo Inzaghi to eke out victory after Okan Buruk had cancelled out Antonio Conte's strike.

Commanding Turkey captain Alpay Özalan had defended impeccably but was penalised for bringing down Inzaghi 20 minutes from time – the 26-year-old picked himself up and duly tucked away the spot kick. An equaliser was never on the cards, and Alessandro Del Piero rattled the crossbar with a free-kick. Yet Turkey had shown enough to suggest they had not come to make up the numbers.

Roared on by an enormous bank of supporters, Turkey began brightly and served notice of their threat as early as the first minute when Ogün Temizkanoğlu's free-kick evaded everyone bar the sprawling Francesco Toldo.

Though Conte struck the foot of the post with a fierce shot from a tight angle after five minutes, it was Mustafa Denizli's charges who dominated the early stages. Italy's three-man defence looked uncertain and almost conceded as Sergen Yalçin's effort curled wide.

The Azzurri recovered their poise and should have taken a 17th-minute lead when Inzaghi met Stefano Fiore's cross. The Juventus striker was unopposed but directed a header well wide with only Rüstü Reçber to beat. Thereafter the match became a more tactical affair, but roared back to life within six minutes of the restart when Fiore broke away down the left and found Inzaghi at the far post. The striker's cross-shot was intercepted by Alpay, but only as far as Conte who improvised a wonderful overhead kick.

Minutes later it might have been two as first Francesco Totti headed against the bar and then Inzaghi's effort was blocked on the line by Ogün. Before long, however, Turkey were level as Sergen's free-kick was headed in by the unmarked Okan. Italy dusted themselves off and back they came back. The colossal Alpay cleared off the line from substitute Del Piero but Inzaghi got the better of him.

Last updated: 05/01/12 22.16CET

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Lineups

Turkey

Turkey

Italy

Italy

1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
2
HavutçuTayfur Havutçu
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
3
TemizkanoğluOgün Temizkanoğlu (C)
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
4
Fatih AkyelFatih Akyel
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
5
Alpay ÖzalanAlpay Özalan
8
ConteAntonio Conte
Goal52
7
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Goal62
Substitution88
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal70
9
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
11
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
Substitution62
10
Sergen YalçinSergen Yalçin
Substitution81
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
11
KorkutTayfun Korkut
17
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
19
ErcanAbdullah Ercan
18
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution75
22
Ümit DavalaÜmit Davala
Substitution76
20
TottiFrancesco Totti
Substitution83

Substitutes

12
Ömer ÇatkıçÖmer Çatkıç (GK)
1
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
6
Arif ErdemArif Erdem
Substitution81
22
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
8
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
Substitution76
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
13
ÖzköylüOsman Özköylü
6
NegroPaolo Negro
14
Suat KayaSuat Kaya
7
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
Substitution83
15
İzzetMustafa İzzet
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution75
16
PenbeErgün Penbe
Substitution88
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
17
Oktay DerelioğluOktay Derelioğlu
15
IulianoMark Iuliano
Substitution62
18
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman
16
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
20
ÜnsalHakan Ünsal
19
MontellaVincenzo Montella
21
Fevzi TuncayFevzi Tuncay (C)
21
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio

Coach

Mustafa Denizli (TUR) Dino Zoff (ITA)

Referee

Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Assistant referees

Edward Foley (IRL), Igor Sramka (SVK)

Fourth official

Terje Hauge (NOR)

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