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Saturday, 14 June 2014
World Cup 2014 Finals First Phase Group D, Match Two

England 1 Italy 2 [1-1]

Arena de Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas
Attendance: 39,800; Kick-off: 6.00pm AMT, 11.00pm BST
Live on BBC One HD (UK) -
Commentator: Guy Mowbray

Italy - Claudio Marchisio (twentyfour-yard shot from a corner 35 34:05), Mario Balotelli (header from a Candreva cross 50 49:42).
England - Daniel Sturridge (half-volley from a Rooney cross 37 36:42)
Match Summary
England Squad

Italy Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - Raheem Sterling (90+2 91:33)

Italy kicked-off. 97 minutes (47:15 & 50;04).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Netherlands

England

Type

Italy

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.

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

 

Rank:

FIFA (5th June 2014) 10th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked shirts with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 37th captaincy. Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66, appointed 1 May 2012,
29th match, W 15 - D 10 - L 4 - F 57 - A 25.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 42 31 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 29 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 53 1
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 25 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 34 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 112 21
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 25 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 27 2
19 Sterling, Raheem S. 19 8 December 1994 AM Liverpool FC 5 0
Sterling cautioned in the 92nd minute for unsporting behaviour for a foul on Andrea Pirlo, after he barged into him. The free-kick hit the crossbar.
14 Henderson, Jordan B., off 73rd min. 23 17 June 1990 M Liverpool FC 12 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 80th min. 24 1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 13 5
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 28 24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 93 39
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 61st min. 23 26 November 1990 AM Manchester United FC 25 8
England Substitutes
21 Barkley, Ross, on 61st min min. (60:43) for Welbeck 20 5 December 1993 AM Everton FC 7 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 73rd min. (72:35) for Henderson 22 1 January 1992 AM Arsenal FC 19 0
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 80th min. (79:10) for Sturridge 26 10 May 1988 AM Southampton FC 7 0

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.
   
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines -
Gerrard, Henderson
(Wilshere) -
Welbeck
(Barkley), Sterling, Rooney -
Sturridge
(Lallana)
Notes: For the second half, Rooney went into centre behind Sturridge, Sterling right and Welbeck left.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 39.3 7.2

 

Italy Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (5th June 2014) 9th
ELO rating tbc
Colours: Made by Puma - Azure blue collared shirts, azure blue shorts, blue socks with white tops/vertical stripe.
Capt: Andrea Pirlo Coach: Cesare Claudio Prandelli, 56 (19 August 1957), appointed 30 May 2010, effective August 2010.
Italy Lineup
12 Sirigu, Salvatore 27 12 January 1987 G Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 9 0
20 Paletta, Gabriel A. 28 15 February 1986 CD Parma FC SpA 3 0
3 Chiellini, Giorgio 29 14 August 1984 LB Juventus SpA FC 69 4
4 Darmian, Matteo 24 2 December 1989 RB Torino FC SpA 2 0
15 Barzagli, Andrea 33 8 May 1981 CD Juventus SpA FC 48 0
6 Candreva, Antonio, off 79th min. 27 28 February 1987 M SS Lazio SpA 21 0
21 Pirlo, Andrea 35 19 May 1979 M Juventus SpA FC 110 13
8 Marchisio, Claudio 28 19 January 1986 M Juventus SpA FC 45 4
9 Barwuah Balotelli, Mario, off 73rd min. 29 12 August 1990 F AC Milan SpA 31 13
23 Verratti, Marco, off 57th min. 21 5 November 1992 M Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 7 1
16 De Rossi, Daniele 30 24 July 1983 M AS Roma SpA 96 15
Italy Substitutes
5 Motta, Thiago, on 57th min (56:22) for Verratti 31 28 August 1982 M Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 21 1
17 Immobile, Ciro, on 73rd min (72:19) for Balotelli 24 20 February 1990 F Torino FC SpA 3 0
18 Parolo, Marco, on 79th min. (78:42) for Candreva 29 25 January 1985 M Parma FC SpA 5 0

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.
   
4-3-3(1-1-1) Sirigu -
Darmian, Barzagli, Paletta, Chiellini -
Marchisio, De Rossi, Verratti
(Motta) -
Pirlo -
Candreva
(Parolo) -
Balotelli
(Immobile)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 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 be every 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
TheFA.com
FIFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
André Do Nascimento Pereira

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CG