Below are the Picture Highlights of Italy against England
The match ended 2-1 in favour of Italy.
+59 Heads you win: Mario Balotelli celebrates after heading Italy back into the lead five minutes after half-time
+59 Rising high: Balotelli gets above Gary Cahill to power the ball past Joe Hart and restore Italy's lead
+59 Super Mario: Balotelli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring
+59 He knows the score: Mario Balotelli gestures '2-1' to the camera as he walks off at the end
+59 Number one: Balotelli signals to the viewers watching on TV back home after the final whistle
+59 Level terms: Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring England's equaliser just a couple of minutes after they fell behind
+59 No mistake: Sturridge turned in Wayne Rooney's perfect cross from the left wing to make it 1-1
+59 First blood: Claudio Marchisio wheels away in celebration after giving Italy the lead with a crisp low shot after 35 minutes
+59 Eye of the needle: Marchisio found the back of the net through a number of England players
Better in possession - that we expected Ė and higher at exploiting defensive weaknesses, though, at that England too demonstrated they have considerable strengths.
Play like this against Uruguay and Costa Rica and England ought to win double.
Still, once dreadful tournaments in 2006 and 2010, several soccer people have said they'd rather withdraw early enjoying entertainingly than eke a passage through the cluster stages in miserable fashion. Roy Hodgson may well be close to keep thereon promise.
Yet till everybody tired at the tip, within the thirty one degree heat and therefore the sixty one per cent humidness of the rain forest, England compete their half in another exhilarating game.
No-one really expected Hodgson absolutely to indulge all his audacious young attackers. however from the instant it absolutely was proverbial that Raheem Sterling was beginning, regarding 3 hours before take off, eyebrows were raised in true English understated fashion; not solely beginning however enjoying at No ten, with Wayne Rooney shunted to the left.
The enthusiasm of the 19-year-old to impress was evident. His 1st bit on 5 minutes saw him beat a person and launch a thunderous, curling strike into the aspect netting.
Yet Italian Republic had their own young tiro in Matteo Darmian, who solely created his debut 3 weeks agone against the Republic of ireland, at right back.
He had been careful to undertake to reveal Leighton Baines and Wayne Rooney and Italy had some early forays thereon flank, which might become a feature of the sport.
+59 Pinpoint: Marchisio lets fly from just outside the penalty area after Andrea Pirlo had dummied the pass to him
+59 Unstoppable: Both Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart were unable to stop Marchisio's shot from finding the crorner
+59 Team effort: Marchisio celebrates his goal with the Italy substitutes in the technical area
+59 Predator: Liverpool man Sturridge continued his excellent form from the season just passed
+59 Lift: Daniel Sturridge (second right) embraces Wayne Rooney (right), as Jordan Henderson (left), Danny Welbeck (second left) and Raheem Sterling (middle) join in the celebrations
Giving thanks: Sturridge points to the heavens after scoring his goal
But although Andrea Pirlo, taking part in a additional advanced role than in his euro 2012 passing masterclass, was as elegant as ever, Italia had lost their captain in Gianluigi Buffon, the person with a hundred and forty caps to his name, injured in training the night before the sport.
And despite Italyís comfort every now and then in possession, there gave the impression to be significantly more dynamism concerning this England aspect early.
Apart from that early Sterling strike, Danny Welbeck took on Gabriel Paletta and Jordan Henderson had a sixth minute strike well saved by fill-in keeper Salvatore Sirigu.
On twenty two minutes England looked to be a team unleashed, as vale Johnson and Sturridge combined beautifully down the correct to permit Sturridge a free run past the progressively shaky Italian defence.
His cross was heading towards Welbeck, who was poised to tap in and only a superb slippery interception by Andrea Barzagli prevented the ball from reaching its meant target.
+59 Nowhere to turn: Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson keep a close eye on Andrea Pirlo
+59 One-on-one: Joe Hart comes off his line to close down Mario Balotelli as Gary Cahill tries to cover
Old pals: Former Manchester City teammates Mario Balotelli and Joe Hart share a word on the pitch England were playing as the nation had hoped but as the half progressed Italy were finding their range.
The first signs were when Daniele De Rossi unleashed a marvellous cross-field pass, finding Darmian, who crossed for Balotelli to stoop and head.
England survived that but a worrying stream of attack were developing down the Rooney-Baines flank.Pirlo, of course, have his say in the goal that undid Englandís good start. Antonio Candrevaís corner appeared to be for the Italian playmaker and Welbeck duly rushed to close him down. If only he were so easy to read: a delightful dummy allowed Claudio Marchisio a free hit at goal form 30 yards. Still, with a forest of players to navigate, he did extremely well to control and to send it soaring past Joe Hart on 35 minutes.
+59 Soaring: Phil Jagielka rises high to head Mario Balotelli's lob off the goalline
+59 Attacking threat: Mario Balotelli steers the ball away from Steven Gerrard England responded immediately. Sterling was at the heart of it, delivering a brilliantly timed pass to free Rooney on the left.
He played his part, taking on Darmian and sending an exquisite cross directly into the path of the onrushing Sturridge at the far post two minutes later.It was a glorious opportunity, but at speed, with the ball bouncing quickly off the ground directly in front of him, it still required some skill to finish quite so decisively form eight yards out.
Never has that silly, wavy dance of celebration performed by Sturridge been more rapturously received, though amidst the hubbub of celebration, Gary Lewin, the England physio required extensive treatment for a dislocated ankle.
+59 Penalty shout: Steven Gerrard tries to get beyond Gabriel Paletta as he breaks into the Italy box
+59 Hitting the deck: Gerrard is felled as Paletta pleads his innocence
+59 The discussion continues: Gerrard makes a point as Paletta offers a handshake
+59 Test of strength: Wayne Rooney tries to pinch the ball from Italy midfielder Marco Verratti
+59 Clean collect: Salvatore Sirigu gathers the ball from a corner under pressure from Phil Jagielka and Wayne Rooney
+59 Brazilian tour: A section of England fans get behind Roy Hodgson's team in Manaus
So currently comes the test for us as a footballing nation: that choice will we prefer?
The drab, the dour and effective; or would we have a tendency to rather live our tournament life on the front foot, seeking journey on the way?
England sparkled within the Amazon Arena in Manaus on Saturday night, maintaining the energetic and diverting start to this tournament. Raheem Sterling was elect and delivered exquisite moments; Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck often stirred the group, out-stripping their opponents for pace; even Ross Barkley came on and shone in moments.
And yet, ultimately England lost and their tournament hangs on a dangerously finely-poised game against Uruguay on weekday, within which the losers will head home early. England were smart last night however Italy were marginally higher.Italy, smarting, would respond. Pirlo played in Balotelli who drew Hart from his line. It seemed he had been diverted far too wide though, yet from the most acute angle he delivered a chip that was heading goalbound until Phil Jagielka produced an extraordinary goal-line saving header. The danger was not clear: from the corner the ball was worked to Candreva, who turned Johnson and shot against the post.
+59 Fancying his chances: Raheem Sterling unleashes a ferocious shot towards goal from 30 yards out in the opening few minutes
+59 Inches wide: The ball flew past the post and into the side netting with Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu well beaten
+59 Illusion: Many fans thought the ball had flown in as it rippled the side-netting England started the second half brightly, Sturridge cutting inside and shooting on 49 minutes but it struck a note of false positivism however.
Within a minute England would be behind again. Candreva, increasingly the most influential player on the pitch, was played in down the right and turned Baines to deliver a deep, looping cross to the far post.
There waiting was Balotelli, the irrepressible former Manchester City man, who had peeled away from Gary Cahill. Diving elegantly, Balotelli headed home from close range.
+59 He's behind you: Claudio Marchisio gets to grips with Glen Johnson as the two sides try to stamp their authority on the match
+59 Midfield battle: Italy's Antonio Candreva tries to intercept a Steven Gerrard long pass
+59 Felled: Marco Verratti is brought down by Wayne Rooney during the first 10 minutes
+59 Eyes on the ball: Danny Welbeck goes the long way round Gabriel Paletta in pursuit of the ball
+59 Appeal: Andrea Pirlo claims handball against an England defender as the ball is played across
+59 Striding on: Wayne Rooney gets beyond Daniele De Rossi England had to rouse themselves. Gerrard led the way on 54 minutes, charging into the penalty area to be met by a clumsy challenge from Paletta. Referee Bjorn Kuipers was unimpressed.
On came Ross Barkley for Welbeck, further evidence of Hodgsonís willingness to unleash youth. His first touch on 62 minutes was to cut inside and shoot, forcing a Sirigu save.
England at least werenít going down quietly, though the conditions were clearly sapping strength and Rooney especially looked weary as Italyís dominant possession became increasingly significant as legs tired.
+59 Touches: Wayne Rooney's touch map is shown on the left, Raheem Sterling's on the right
+59 Extraordinary: England physio Gary Lewin is carried away on a stretcher with a suspected dislocated ankle after celebrating Sturridge's goal
+59 Pass master: Andrea Pirlo is shadowed by Jordan Henderson as he tries to get into that metronomic passing rhythm
+59 Tangle of legs: Danny Welbeck tries to pinch the ball from Giorgio Chiellini during a frenetic opening to the game
+59 Burned: Raheem Sterling manoeuvres the ball past Italian defender Gabriel Paletta during the opening few moments of the match
+59 Thirsty work: Daniel Sturridge squirts water over his face in the hot conditions of Manaus... but this was before the anthems!
+59 Comparison: Andrea Pirlo's touch map (left) from the game next to that of Steven Gerrard (right) Jack Wilshere replaced Henderson and Adam Lallana came on for a limping Sturridge.In truth, by now the jungle had consumed Englandís energy and Pirlo, their tormentor, had the last word.
Awarded a free kick in injury time, a safe pass back to keep possession might have been in order but that isnít his nature. Pirlo went for it and rattled Hartís crossbar. He is that kind of player and it was that kind of game.
+59 Ready to roar: England line up for the customary pre-match photograph as they begin their World Cup campaign
+59 Biggest stage: Roy Hodgson, who managed Switzerland at the 1994 World Cup, returns with England 20 years on
+59 Community singing: The England and Italy teams line up for the national anthems ahead of kick-off
+59 Charge! An England fan dressed as St George on the front row in the stands in Manaus
+59 Support: One of the thousands of England fans who made their way to Manaus to watch the team
+59 English rose: Some very patriotic clothing on display in the stands at the Arena Amazonia
+59 Mascot: One England fan brought a cuddly Shrek to the match, while another got their hands on the World Cup trophy
+59 Flying the flag: This Italian fan found a novel way of keeping cool in the tropical heat of Manaus
+59 Passion for the Azzurri: Italy were well supported out in Manaus
+59 On tour: England fans make themselves heard in Manaus ahead of their opening game at the 2014 World Cup
+59 Sealed with a kiss: This England fan got up, close and personal with the World Cup trophy at the match
+59 Pre-match preparations: Italy's Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli take a walk on the pitch at the Arena Amazonia ahead of the match
Old friends: Roy Hodgson meets his Italian counterpart Cesare Prandelli in the middle of the pitch prior to kick-off