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    England - Italy 1:2 (1:1)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    14 June 2014 Manaus /Arena Amazonia 18:00 39800
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    KLOSTERKEMPER Alexander (GER)
    Did not play in Match
    ADOUM Djibrine (CHA)
    Fifth Official
    LEAL Leonel (CRC)
    Referee
    KUIPERS Bjorn (NED)
    Assistant Referee 1
    VAN ROEKEL Sander (NED)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ZEINSTRA Erwin (NED)
    Fourth Official
    LOPEZ Walter (GUA)

    Total Goals scored

    Claudio MARCHISIO (ITA) 35' , Daniel STURRIDGE (ENG) 37' , Mario BALOTELLI (ITA) 50'



    England

    Italy
    1
    HART (GK)
    12
    SIRIGU (GK)
    2
    JOHNSON
    3
    CHIELLINI
    3
    BAINES
    4
    DARMIAN
    4
    GERRARD (C)
    6
    CANDREVA (-79')
    5
    CAHILL
    8
    MARCHISIO
    6
    JAGIELKA
    9
    BALOTELLI (-73')
    9
    STURRIDGE (-80')
    15
    BARZAGLI
    10
    ROONEY
    16
    DE ROSSI
    11
    WELBECK (-61')
    20
    PALETTA
    14
    HENDERSON (-73')
    21
    PIRLO (C)
    19
    STERLING
    23
    VERRATTI (-57')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    13
    FOSTER (GK)
    13
    PERIN (GK)
    22
    FORSTER (GK)
    1
    BUFFON (GK)
    7
    WILSHERE (+73')
    5
    THIAGO MOTTA (+57')
    8
    LAMPARD
    7
    ABATE
    12
    SMALLING
    10
    CASSANO
    16
    JONES
    11
    CERCI
    17
    MILNER
    14
    AQUILANI
    18
    LAMBERT
    17
    IMMOBILE (+73')
    20
    LALLANA (+80')
    18
    PAROLO (+79')
    21
    BARKLEY (+61')
    19
    BONUCCI
    23
    SHAW
    22
    INSIGNE
    15
    CHAMBERLAIN
    2
    DE SCIGLIO
    Coach Coach
    HODGSON Roy (ENG) PRANDELLI Cesare (ITA)

    Cautions

    Raheem STERLING (ENG) 92'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Italy secure slim win over England

    Italy held out against diligent England to earn a 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli, which leaves them second on goal difference in Group D at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilô. Daniel Sturridge had equalised soon after the Juventus midfielder had opened the scoring, but Cesare Prandelli's side held on to their lead for the second time following an early goal after the break. England began brightly, looking to improve on a record of just one competitive win over Gli Azzurri, as Raheem Sterling rippled the side-netting from range with a rasping effort, before Jordan Henderson forced Salvatore Sirigu into a low save inside the first five minutes.

    Antonio Candreva gave Joe Hart a similar test at the other end, but his left-footed strike was dealt with - albeit uncomfortably - by the Manchester City goalkeeper. England continued to look the more threatening though, with Daniele De Rossi going agonisingly close to turning into his own net, diverting Danny Welbeck's cross away from Sturridge and just beyond the far post. While clear-cut chances were hard to come by, Italy's midfield still looked capable of carving out opportunities, and it was a routine from the training ground that exposed England. A short corner was cut back towards the edge of area and, when Andrea Pirlo dummied superbly, Marchisio had time and space to sweetly fire into the bottom corner.

    The Three Lions were behind for just two minutes, however, as Wayne Rooney broke well down the left wing, finding the unmarked Sturridge at the far post who just had to side-foot past Sirigu. Italy were almost back in front on the stroke of half-time though, with Mario Balotelli almost scoring a spectacular lob from the left side of the area which had to be cleared off the line by Phil Jagielka. Candreva then rattled the post from the resulting corner.

    Sirigu was the first goalkeeper forced into action after the break, with a purposeful run from Sturridge ending in a low effort, but Italy retook the lead as Balotelli rose at the back post to meet Candreva's in-swinging cross to beat former City team-mate Hart. England looked dangerous though, with Rooney, Sterling and Sturridge all combining well, with the latter keen to test Sirigu at every opportunity. Rooney fired narrowly wide of the post after evading the offside trap, before substitute Ross Barkley tested the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper as Roy Hodgson's side searched for an equaliser.

    While England pressed as players progressively tired in the Manaus heat, it was Italy who came closest to scoring again as a Pirlo free-kick smacked the bar in the final moments.

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    England-Italy: Quotes

    Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach
    Despite the heat, both sides were able to put on a good spectacle, and they deserve credit for that. Our approach was clear: we donít have explosive players like England do. With that in mind, our aim was to make the most of our technical ability. In the first half we had control of the game and on several occasions were able to get the ball to our attacking players between the two defensive lines. Of course we have good alternatives that can help us change our way of playing but, in general, thatís our philosophy.

    Roy Hodgson, England coach
    It was a disappointing result. Itís hard to look on the bright side when you lose - you need time to let it sink in. My first impression is that we did some things very well and had some good individual performances, but unfortunately we conceded that second goal. Even after that we had chances to score, but we couldnít manage it. That said, I know my players gave their all and, who knows, next time those same chances might end up in the net. If we can play like that in the next two games I think we have a good chance of getting good results. It must be said too that our young lads all played very well and I can only take positives from the game, with the exception of the result of course.

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