Turkey’s Own Goal Opens Euro 2020 Scoring, Helping Italy to Comfortable Win

Turkey’s Own Goal Opens Euro 2020 Scoring, Helping Italy to Comfortable Win

The first goal of the European Championship took an unfortunate bounce off a Turkish player.

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The first goal of the European Championship was historic—though not in a particularly good way. 

In the 53rd minute of Friday’s group stage match, Italy forward Domenico Berardi fielded a pass from his teammate and attempted a cross near the goal. 

Turkey’s Merih Demiral, attempting to knock the ball out of play, accidentally deflected the ball off his side into his own net, giving Italy a 1–0 lead. According to ESPN’s broadcast, it was the first time in European Championship history that the first goal of the tournament was an own goal. 

Italy defeated Turkey 3-0 in the opening match of the tournament.

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