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The World United Through Football Saturday, 14th June

Group Match - Lions Fail to Roar

Group D

Travel to England England vs Travel to Italy Italy in Manaus.

Match Preview

England have only met Italy in the World Cup Finals once; losing the third-place match (1:2) in Bari at Italy 1990.

More recently, Italy beat England on penalties in Ukraine; after their quarter-final game in Kiev ended without a goal.

Shortly after the 2012 European Championships, England did manage to beat Italy (2:1); in Berne, Switzerland.

The Match

Roy Hodgson has decided to drop his cautious tag and start with Raheem Sterling against Italy; maybe because word was already out that Gianluigi Buffon was injured.

Raheem Sterling showed his promise early as England started positively enough.

Italy looked comfortable and composed, content to soak a little pressure and distribute the ball the Azzurri way.

Twenty minutes into the game, Joe Hart was almost caught out by a stunner from Antonio Candreva but managed to laugh it off.

Goalscorers 0:1
England started to seem a little stagnant and soon paid the price as Pirlo dummied Marco Verratti's corner for Claudio Marchisio who, unmarked, had enough time to pick his spot to score past an outstrectched Joe Hart.

Goalscorers 1:1
Italy were caught out as England replied swiftly. Raheem Sterling released Wayne Rooney down the left, who crossed for Daniel Sturridge at the far post, to side-foot calmly past Salvatore Sirigu.

England were lucky to remain level at the break as Italy had a couple of the quick chances; Phil Jagielka heading Mario Balotelli's chip off the line, followed by Antonio Candreva's shot rebounding off the post.

Half-time: England 1 - Italy 1

Goalscorers 1:2
Italy must have watched the video of where England looked weak at half-time and put the plan into action right after the break. Antonio Candreva raided down the right (England's left) and crossed for Mario Balotelli - who Gary Cahill failed to get close to - to head in at the far post.

Substitution Roy Hodgson introduced Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley late in the second half, while Italy brought on Antonio Cassano for Mario Balotelli.

Into injury time, Raheem Sterling become the first and only player to enter the Dutch referee's book and Andrea Pirlo hit the bar from a free-kick, with Joe Hart clueless.

England may have lost, showed some promise, and best of all.... still have a chance after Uruguay lost to Costa Rica. All they need is a killer instinct.

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Final Score: England 1 - Italy 2
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Goalscorers:
0:1 - Claudio Marchisio (35 mins)
1:1 - Daniel Sturridge (37 mins)
1:2 - Mario Balotelli (50 mins)

Teams

Travel to England England:
1-Joe Hart; 2-Glen Johnson, 5-Gary Cahill, 6-Phil Jagielka, 3-Leighton Baines; 4-Steven Gerrard, 14-Jordan Henderson, 19-Raheem Sterling, 11-Danny Welbeck; 10-Wayne Rooney, 9-Daniel Sturridge.

Travel to Italy Italy:
12-Salvatore Sirigu: 4-Matteo Darmian, 20-Gabriel Paletta, 15-Andrea Barzagli, 3-Giorgio Chiellini; 23-Marco Verratti, 21-Andrea Pirlo, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 6-Antonio Candreva; 9-Mario Balotelli, 8-Claudio Marchisio.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Bjorn Kuipers - Netherlands Travel to Holland

Yellow Cards 1 yellow card:
92 mins - Raheem Sterling (England)

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Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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