THE countdown is finally over as Italy face Turkey in the first match of Euro 2020.
Group A looks a tough proposition and both sides will be eager to make a winning start, with the Italians taking home advantage at the Stadio Olimpico.
- Kick-off time: 8pm BST
- TV channel: BBC ONE
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What time does Turkey vs Italy kick off?
- Turkey vs Italy kicks off at 8pm UK time.
- That's 9pm in Rome and 10pm in Ankara.
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What TV channel is Turkey vs Italy on and can I live stream it?
- Turkey vs Italy is live on BBC One in the UK.
- To stream the game live, head to the BBC iPlayer.
- RAI and Sky Italia are showing Euro 2020 in Italy while TRT is the Turkish broadcaster.
Can I watch Turkey vs Italy for free?
- Yes. BBC One and BBC iPlayer are FREE for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
- Get your TV licence here.
What is the team news?
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti remains a doubt in a major blow for the Italians.
Verratti, 28has a knee injury and has been training alone during the preparations.
Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli is expected to replace Verratti for the big Euro 2020 opener in Rome.
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TIME TO SHINE
The 15th European Championships was supposed to be a multi-country event to celebrate the tournament's 60th anniversary.
It was put on hold while a locked-down world faced a huge challenge, but now the moment has arrived.
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HERE WE GO!
Better late than never, it’s the 2020 European Championships!
After a one-year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the time has finally come to sit back for the summer and enjoy an international feast of football.
Over the next 30 days, 24 teams will compete in a tournament of 51 games across 11 host cities with all eyes on one prize – the Henri Delaunay Trophy.
The action starts tonight in Rome with our live coverage of the opener between Turkey and Italy in Group A.
Playing each group game in their capital city – and in front of an expected 16,000 supporters – much is expected of Roberto Mancini’s Italian squad, who won all ten of their matches in qualifying for the finals.
Turkey too are being tipped up to perform well, but they’ll have to do it without Cenk Tosun, their top scorer during an impressive qualifying campaign.
We’ll have confirmation of this evening’s teams shortly of all the build-up before the 8pm kick-off at the Stadio Olimpico.
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