ROME (AP) — The biggest sporting event since the coronavirus brought the world to a halt has kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The opening match of soccer European Championship was played in the capital of Italy. That was the first country outside Asia to get struck by the pandemic and the first in the world to implement a nationwide lockdown. Italy delighted the mask-wearing home fans by beating Turkey 3-0. The tournament represents a major step forward on the path toward recovery after one of the darkest chapters in the continent’s history since World War II. More than 1 million Europeans have died in the pandemic. Almost 127,000 of them were Italians.