Italy out-play English
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Italy out play English
After the shocking defeat in the Group D opener, the England against Italy game was more exciting and it did not disappoint in delivering an action-packed 90 minutes.
The game was officiated by Dutch referee, Bjorn Kuipers who also officiated the Confederations Cup last year and he maintained calmness throughout the high profile game.
The early stages of the saw 19 year-old English forward Raheem Sterling test the Italian goalie with his team’s first shot at goal. The chances fell for both sides and both could’ve had an early lead before the 15th minute. The buoyant England attack led by Daniel Sturridge stretched the Azzurri defence, but the Champions of 2006 maintained their game.
An unconventional corner kick in the 35th minute saw the Italians open the scoring. Andrea Pirlo sold the English team a dummy by not playing a ball coming from the corner, leaving it for Cladio Marchisio to pounce on it from outside the box to give the Italians the lead.
England quickly responded with an equalizer through Liverpool man Sturridge converting a neat cross from Wayne Rooney.
The half ended with Italy piling the pressure on their opponents.
The second half saw the continuation of the Italian pressure and it paid off only five minutes into the second stanza when Mario Balotelli headed a fine cross from the wing that goal keeper Joe Hart couldn’t do anything about.
The second half was not as high paced as the first. The Italians were more compact bringing on defender Thiago Motta.
England tried hard to penetrate the Italian defence with the addition of Jack Wilsher while Andrea Pirlo inspired a few counter-attacks and gave Joe Hart a few scares.
The game ended with Italy the victors to open their world cup with a 2-1 win.
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