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MOTD Live: UEFA Euro 2020

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Turkey v Italy

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Turkey v Italy (Kick-off 8.00pm). Gary Lineker presents coverage of the opening game of the delayed tournament, a Group A fixture that takes place at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year, but is now finally set to get under way with this curtain-raiser in the Italian capital. Turkey will be looking for a better showing than 2016, when they finished third in a group also containing Croatia, Spain and Czech Republic, and failed to qualify for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams, losing out to Northern Ireland on goal difference. Italy, runners-up in 2012, are the group favourites this time around, with head coach and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini leading the Azzurri to a major tournament for the first time, following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. That marked the first time in 60 years that the four-time world champions had not appeared at FIFA's prestigious event. Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand provide analysis, with commentary from Guy Mowbray and Jermaine Jenas.

Review

Finally, after a 12-month delay, football’s European Championship gets underway as Italy face Turkey in the first group-stage game at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The Azzurri go into the match as favourites and will be keen to impress after the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but Turkey should not be underestimated.

For the first time ever, the tournament will be played in 11 host cities. For England and Scotland, in Group D with Croatia and the Czech Republic, this means the welcome home comfort of playing group games at Wembley and Hampden Park. Wales complete the home nations’ strong presence in the competition and, together with Switzerland, are in the same group as Italy and Turkey.

For those still gripped by football fever after the full-time whistle, tonight also sees the launch of Crouchy’s Year-Late Euros: Live (10:55pm BBC One; 11:25pm in Wales), in which Peter Crouch, Maya Jama and Alex Horne will be talking all things Euros alongside celebrity guests live from Wembley.

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PresenterGary Lineker
GuestAlan Shearer
GuestRio Ferdinand
CommentatorGuy Mowbray
CommentatorJermaine Jenas

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