Emerson also missed out on the starting line-up, with left-back one of manager Roberto Mancini’s tightest selection calls going into the Euros. In the end, the more physical Leonardo Spinazzola got the nod, with the Chelsea man on the bench.
After a nervous and scrappy first five minutes, Italy soon took firm control of the game and kept it throughout, with Jorginho highly influential. He showed why he is considered one of the senior members of this squad by issuing instructions to those ahead of him, sometimes even while on the ball, and snuffing out Turkey attacks before they could begin.
The number eight also created arguably Italy’s best chance of the first half, with a clever chip over the Turkey defence, but Domenico Berardi fluffed his lines and failed to make contact with an attempted volley.