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Saturday, 14 June 2014
Copa do Mundo da FIFA First Phase Group D Match Two

England 1 Italy 2 [1-1]

Arena de Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Kick-off (AMT): 6.00pm 11.00pm BST

Attendance: 39,800

Steven Gerrard won the toss
97 minutes 47:15 & 50:04
Mario Balotelli kicked-off

[1-1] Daniel Sturridge 37 36:42
 ran onto a Wayne Rooney cross scoring from 4 yards with his right-foot
 [0-1] Claudio Marchisio 35 34:05 24-25 24 yard low shot into far post after Marco Verratti touched on a Candreva corner

[1-1] Balotelli's chip headed off line by Jagielka 46:31
[1-1] Antonio Candreva hit the post 47:02
  [1-2] Mario Balotelli header 50 49:42
headed down and in from 3 yards into the near post from a Antonio Candreva cross
[1-2] Andrea Pirlo free-kick hits the crossbar 93:14
Raheem Sterling 90+2 91:33  
Commentator: Guy Mowbray with Phil Neville

Match Summary


Officials from Netherlands

England Squad


Italy Squad
Referee (red) - Björn Kuipers
41 (28 March 1973)
, Oldenzaal, FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Sander Van Roekel, 40 (28 March 1974), and Erwin Zeinstra, 37 (31 January 1977).
Fourth official -
Walter Alexander López Castellanos, 33 (25 September 1980), Guatemala, FIFA-listed 2006.
Reserve Assistant Referee/Fifth Referee - Leonal Leal Bermúdez, Costa Rica

18 Goal Attempts 13
5 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 2
9 Corner Kicks Won 2
0 Offside Calls Against 7
8 Fouls Conceded 11
45% Possession 56%

England Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 10th
EFO ranking Group 1 (3rd-4th)
ELO rating 8th to 10th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Steven Gerrard
(37th (38) captaincy (5)).
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
29th match, W 15 - D 10 - L 4 - F 57 - A 25.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27
56 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 42 31ᵍᵃ
2 Johnson, Glen M. 29
295 days
23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 53 1
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28
177 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 25 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31
301 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 27 2
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29
185 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 25 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 34
15 days
30 May 1980 RDM Liverpool FC 112 21
14 Henderson, Jordan B., off 73rd min. 23
362 days
17 June 1990 LDM Liverpool FC 12 0
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 61st min. 23
200 days
26 November 1990 RAM
Manchester United FC 25 8
Sterling, Raheem S. 19
188 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
Liverpool FC



Sterling cautioned in the 92nd min. for a foul on Andrea Pirlo, after he barged into him. The free-kick hit the crossbar.
Rooney, Wayne M. 28
233 days
24 October 1985 LAM
Manchester United FC 93 38
Sturridge, Daniel A., off 80th min. 24
286 days
1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 13 5
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Italy 2
21 Barkley, Ross, on 61st min min. (60:43) for Welbeck 20
191 days
5 December 1993 RM Everton FC 7 1 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 73rd min. (72:35) for Henderson 22
164 days
1 January 1992 DM Arsenal FC 19 18 0
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 80th min. (79:10) for Sturridge 26
35 days
10 May 1988 AM Southampton FC 7 4 0
result: England 1 Italy 2
unused substitutes: 8-Frank Lampard, 12-Chris Smalling, 13-Ben Foster, 16-Phil Jones, 17-James Milner, 18-Rickie Lambert, 22-Fraser Forster, 23-Luke Shaw.
team notes: Physiotherapist Gary Lewin dislocated his ankle during Sturridge's goal celebrations. He missed the rest of the tournament.
records: Daniel Sturridge is the 26th different England player to have scored against Italy (31 scored).
Manager Roy Hodgson had coached Switzerland against Italy in the World Cup qualifying matches on October 1992 and May 1993 (2-2 and 1-0), a friendly in June 1994 (0-1) and a Centenary friendly in June 1995 (0-1).
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines -
Gerrard, Henderson
(Wilshere) -
(Barkley), Sterling, Rooney -
Notes: For the second half, Rooney went into centre behind Sturridge, Sterling right and Welbeck left.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 144 days Appearances/Goals 39.3 7.2


Italy Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 9th
EFO ranking Group 1 (4th-3rd)
ELO rating 12th to 9th
Colours: Made by Puma - Azure blue button-up collared jerseys with white torso trim, azure blue shorts with white side trim, blue socks with white tops/vertical stripe.
Capt: Andrea Pirlo Manager: Cesare Claudio Prandelli, 56 (19 August 1957), appointed 30 May 2010, effective August 2010.
Italy Lineup
12 Sirigu, Salvatore 27
153 days
12 January 1987 G Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 9 0
4 Darmian, Matteo 24
194 days
2 December 1989 RB Torino FC 2 0
15 Barzagli, Andrea 33
37 days
8 May 1981 CD Juventus FC 48 0
20 Paletta, Gabriel A. 28
119 days
15 February 1986
in Longchamps, Argentina
CD Parma FC 3 0
3 Chiellini, Giorgio 29
304 days
14 August 1984 LB Juventus FC 69 4
Marchisio, Claudio 28
146 days
19 January 1986 RM Juventus FC 45 4
16 De Rossi, Daniele 30
325 days
24 July 1983 DM AS Roma 96 15
Verratti, Marco, off 57th min. 21
221 days
5 November 1992 LM Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 7 1
21 Pirlo, Andrea 35
26 days
19 May 1979 CM Juventus FC 110 13
Candreva, Antonio, off 79th min. 27
106 days
28 February 1987 AM SS Lazio 21 0
Barwuah Balotelli, Mario, off 73rd min. 29
306 days
12 August 1990 CF AC Milan 31 13
Italy Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Italy 2
5 Motta, Thiago, on 57th min (56:22) for Verratti 31
290 days
28 August 1982
in S�o Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
LM Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 21 1
17 Immobile, Ciro, on 73rd min (72:19) for Balotelli 24
153 days
20 February 1990 CF Torino FC 3 0
18 Parolo, Marco, on 79th min. (78:42) for Candreva 29
140 days
25 January 1985 DM Parma FC 5 0
result: England 1 Italy 2
unused substitutes: 2-Mattia Di Sciglio, 7-Ignacio Abate, 10-Antonio Cassano, 11-Alessio Cerci, 13-Mattia Perin, 14-Alberto Aquilani, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 22-Lorenzo Insigne.
records: Italy have scored in each of their past 15 World Cup matches, a national record and the longest current run of any side in the World Cup.
4-3-3(1-1-1) Sirigu -
Darmian, Barzagli, Paletta, Chiellini -
Marchisio, De Rossi, Verratti
(Motta) -
Pirlo -
(Parolo) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 65 days Appearances/Goals 40.1 4.4


    Match Report by Mike Payne

So, the tournament finally began for England with their much-hyped clash with Italy in the heat and humidity of Manaus.  The England skipper, Steven Gerrard, had promised the England fans that they would be proud of his team, and after this first game the players certainly gave their all, learned a lot, and can go on to the next game with their heads held high.  Sadly though, against Italy, once again we just came up a little short where it mattered most.

England made a bright start and in the third minute Raheem Sterling hit a screamer from 20 yards that, at first glance, looking for all the world, that the ball had gone in.  The lack of celebration amongst the England players told us differently though, as the ball had hit the side-netting.  But that was certainly Sterling's announcement of his intent, and the Liverpool player continued to shine throughout.  Danny Welbeck also put in some determined work and from one of his bursts the ball was rolled out to Jordan Henderson and the midfield player's shot was only just kept out by a good save from the Salvatore Sirigu.  All this after only five minutes had gone.

Italy had already shown that their game plan was to attack the space behind the full-backs and with Andrea Pirlo immediately the lynchpin for virtually all of their attacks, the England defenders had to be alert and on their guard.  In one attack Pirlo tried to dink the ball past Glen Johnson in the box, but the Italian's shout for a handball fell on the deaf ears of the referee.  It would have been harsh on Johnson, but they have been given before, especially against England.  The first ten minutes had seen a very open game with both defences stretched at times.  Johnson's dangerous cross was cut out and then a mistake by an Italian defender gave Welbeck a free shot from the edge of the area, which he dragged wide.  Joe Hart intercepted one cross and from the breakaway by England it took three defenders to stop the lively Daniel Sturridge.  Then on 15 minutes Johnson again sortied forward and cut inside to hit another good shot that flew just wide.  At the other end Italy's Candreva tried a similar shot and Hart fumbled the ball away, with some difficulty.  Welbeck then also appealed for a penalty as he was bundled over in the box after Sterling's dangerous cross, again nothing doing from the Dutch referee.

On 23 minutes Mario Balotelli came into the match for the first time, but his long shot flew well over the bar.  Then some brilliant play by Welbeck so nearly created the first goal and only a desperate clearance off the line by a defender's lunge saved the day as Sturridge almost touched the ball in.  England were looking dangerous at times but on 35 minutes all this good early work was undone by an Italian goal.  They won a corner on the right and the ball was played in to Pirlo, who cleverly dummied over the ball to leave Claudio Marchisio a clear shot at goal.  Whereas earlier, from a similar position, Welbeck had shot wide, this time Machiano made no mistake with a low shot through a forest of legs into the far corner.  It was a bitter blow for England, especially after such a promising start for them.

Two minutes after the goal though England came back, and they equalised with a gem of a goal of their own.  Sterling picked the ball up in his own half and quickly spotted Wayne Rooney's run down the left.  A superb pass took the Italian defenders out of the game and Rooney hit an early sublime cross into the middle where Sturridge blasted the ball home on the half-volley.  It was a wonderful repost by England, and thoroughly deserved.  Only sour note came from the bench where stalwart physio, Gary Lewin, in his excitement, leapt up, only to succeed in dislocating his ankle and being carried off on a stretcher!

As the match ticked past the 40 minute mark, it was obvious that both sets of players were feeling the heat, and the break would be very welcome.  But before the end of the half England had two massive scares, first when Balotelli gained possession and lobbed towards an empty goal as Hart was caught out of position.  Luckily for England, Phil Jagielka was alert and cleared the ball with a super saving header.  But almost immediately, another Italy attack ended with the unmarked Candreva hitting the post from a tight angle.  By now the break couldn't come quick enough for England.

The half-time break left everyone thinking that if England could cut out these defensive lapses in concentration, then there would beery chance our lively front players could snatch a goal.

After the interval England again came out and started positively, and Sturridge was so unlucky, as his twist and turns created the chance of a shot which again was parried by the goalkeeper.  But just as in the first half, with England congratulating themselves for their bright start, the Italian side did what they have done for years, they stifled the expectancy with a goal of their own.  England had been troubled by Italy's play down the right throughout the first half and with Leighton Baines, not for the first time, exposed by the lack of cover in front of him, Candreva worked himself a position to send in a great cross to the far post.  With Johnson out of position and Gary Cahill caught out, Balotelli was left with a free header which he joyfully powered past his ex-teammate Hart.

This was such a disappointment for the England players and fans alike, but so typical of the experienced Italians, to hit a team when they are on a high!

England, to their credit, fought back well and Welbeck again might have had a penalty after being brought down for a second time in the match.  Then Rooney exploded and his fine run and shot only just went wide of the far post.  Johnson put in another dangerous cross but again there was no-one on the end of it.  Gerrard was also bundled over in the box, and it was ironic that all these penalty appeals were far more conclusive than that Brazilian penalty awarded in their opening game.  Alas, England would never be that lucky! 

Roy Hodgson brought on Ross Barkley for Welbeck and a minute later England created their best chance to equalise.  Baines had joined the attack and his fine pass set up Rooney.  England's current leading scorer cut inside and did everything right, beating the goalkeeper all ends up.  Unfortunately he also dragged the ball wide of the post.  It was a real 'head in the hands' moment.  Three minutes later Barkley surging run ended with an excellent shot which the goalkeeper patted out.  How often we see goalkeepers today patting the saves back into the danger areas only for there to be no follow up punishment.

Time was slipping away for England but they pushed forward relentlessly looking for that deserved equaliser.  They were playing so well, but in the final third the Italians were proving just a little too good for them.  And always there was Pirlo, pulling all the strings with another masterclass of a midfield performance of fine passes with the minimum of effort.  Hopefully, Jack Wilshere, who had come on as a substitute, was talking it all in for future reference?

In the last 20 minutes you could not fault England's effort to gain some reward.  Johnson hit another fine shot just wide, Baines saw his free-kick again patted out by Sirigu, and Adam Lallana came on to add his attacking flair to the proceedings.  By this time, man of the match Sterling had tired, and was less effective out on the right wing, but one darting run inside so nearly created the chance we all craved.  Barkley, Lallana and Rooney all put in efforts, blocked or saved, and in the end England just couldn't quite break the Italian defence's stranglehold.

In many ways it was such a disappointing start for England, but in other ways it was one of the best performances from an England team for a very long time.  They deserved a draw, without a doubt, but that clinical killer touch wasn't quite there.  When these young lads learn that skill, this England team will go places, that is for certain.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

André Do Nascimento Pereira
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor