Just gone five o’clock near the Ponte Duca D’Aosta and along the banks of the River Tiber the first sights and sounds of summer tournament football were brewing.

Faces were painted and flags were flying. If not flying then worn as capes, bandanas or sarongs by the ticketed few, drawn to the Olympic Stadium by the force of anticipation, hours before kick-off.

There were cowboy hats and Mohawk wigs in Italian colours. There were air-horns, the unmistakeable sound of a vuvuzela, sirens and a helicopter circling overhead.

 

Italy began their Euro 2020 campaign in style and laid down a marker to their trophy rivals after brushing aside Turkey 3-0

Italy began their Euro 2020 campaign in style and laid down a marker to their trophy rivals after brushing aside Turkey 3-0

 

Ciro Immobile got on the scoresheet in the second half as the Azzurri put on a show to begin the tournament in fine fashion

Ciro Immobile got on the scoresheet in the second half as the Azzurri put on a show to begin the tournament in fine fashion

 

Lorenzo Insigne bent home a third goal for Italy as they continued to press to add to their tally against a visibly ragged Turkey

Lorenzo Insigne bent home a third goal for Italy as they continued to press to add to their tally against a visibly ragged Turkey