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ENGLAND 1-2 ITALY WORLD CUP 2014 (Photo Highlights)

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ENGLAND 1-2 ITALY WORLD CUP 2014 (Photo Highlights)
« on: June 15, 2014, 09:12:17 AM »


Below are the Picture Highlights of Italy against England
The match ended 2-1 in favour of Italy

.  Heads you win: Mario Balotelli celebrates after heading Italy back into the lead five minutes after half-time height=436 +59 Heads you win: Mario Balotelli celebrates after heading Italy back into the lead five minutes after half-time  Rising high: Balotelli gets above Gary Cahill to power the ball past Joe Hart and restore Italy's lead height=423 +59 Rising high: Balotelli gets above Gary Cahill to power the ball past Joe Hart and restore Italy's lead
    Super Mario: Balotelli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring height=422 +59 Super Mario: Balotelli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring  He knows the score: Mario Balotelli gestures '2-1' to the camera as he walks off at the end height=356 +59 He knows the score: Mario Balotelli gestures '2-1' to the camera as he walks off at the end
    Number one: Balotelli signals to the viewers watching on TV back home after the final whistle height=356 +59 Number one: Balotelli signals to the viewers watching on TV back home after the final whistle
 
   
    Level terms: Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring England's equaliser just a couple of minutes after they fell behind height=719 +59 Level terms: Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring England's equaliser just a couple of minutes after they fell behind
    No mistake: Sturridge turned in Wayne Rooney's perfect cross from the left wing to make it 1-1 height=428 +59 No mistake: Sturridge turned in Wayne Rooney's perfect cross from the left wing to make it 1-1  First blood: Claudio Marchisio wheels away in celebration after giving Italy the lead with a crisp low shot after 35 minutes height=866 +59 First blood: Claudio Marchisio wheels away in celebration after giving Italy the lead with a crisp low shot after 35 minutes  Eye of the needle: Marchisio found the back of the net through a number of England players height=402 +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.
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  Pinpoint: Marchisio lets fly from just outside the penalty area after Andrea Pirlo had dummied the pass to him height=412 +59 Pinpoint: Marchisio lets fly from just outside the penalty area after Andrea Pirlo had dummied the pass to him  Unstoppable: Both Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart were unable to stop Marchisio's shot from finding the crorner height=422 +59 Unstoppable: Both Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart were unable to stop Marchisio's shot from finding the crorner
 
    Team effort: Marchisio celebrates his goal with the Italy substitutes in the technical area height=729 +59 Team effort: Marchisio celebrates his goal with the Italy substitutes in the technical area
   Predator: Liverpool man Sturridge continued his excellent form from the season just passed height=384 +59 Predator: Liverpool man Sturridge continued his excellent form from the season just passed
    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 height=448 +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 height=483 
 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.

 Nowhere to turn: Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson keep a close eye on Andrea Pirlo height=469 +59 Nowhere to turn: Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson keep a close eye on Andrea Pirlo
    One-on-one: Joe Hart comes off his line to close down Mario Balotelli as Gary Cahill tries to cover height=427 +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 height=491 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.  Soaring: Phil Jagielka rises high to head Mario Balotelli's lob off the goalline height=415 +59 Soaring: Phil Jagielka rises high to head Mario Balotelli's lob off the goalline
    Attacking threat: Mario Balotelli steers the ball away from Steven Gerrard height=421 +59 Attacking threat: Mario Balotelli steers the ball away from Steven Gerrard
    Intricate: The movement that led to Mario Balotelli's winning goal height=751

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.   Penalty shout: Steven Gerrard tries to get beyond Gabriel Paletta as he breaks into the Italy box height=421 +59 Penalty shout: Steven Gerrard tries to get beyond Gabriel Paletta as he breaks into the Italy box
    Hitting the deck: Gerrard is felled as Paletta pleads his innocence height=445 +59 Hitting the deck: Gerrard is felled as Paletta pleads his innocence
    The discussion continues: Gerrard makes a point as Paletta offers a handshake height=833 +59 The discussion continues: Gerrard makes a point as Paletta offers a handshake
    Test of strength: Wayne Rooney tries to pinch the ball from Italy midfielder Marco Verratti height=509 +59 Test of strength: Wayne Rooney tries to pinch the ball from Italy midfielder Marco Verratti
    Clean collect: Salvatore Sirigu gathers the ball from a corner under pressure from Phil Jagielka and Wayne Rooney height=842 +59 Clean collect: Salvatore Sirigu gathers the ball from a corner under pressure from Phil Jagielka and Wayne Rooney
    Brazilian tour: A section of England fans get behind Roy Hodgson's team in Manaus height=360 +59 Brazilian tour: A section of England fans get behind Roy Hodgson's team in Manaus
    Fine margins: Daniel Sturridge watches as the ball flashes across the empty goalmouth as Salvatore Sirigu struggles to reach it height=427 

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.   Fancying his chances: Raheem Sterling unleashes a ferocious shot towards goal from 30 yards out in the opening few minutes height=415 +59 Fancying his chances: Raheem Sterling unleashes a ferocious shot towards goal from 30 yards out in the opening few minutes
    Inches wide: The ball flew past the post and into the side netting with Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu well beaten height=372 +59 Inches wide: The ball flew past the post and into the side netting with Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu well beaten
    Illusion: Many fans thought the ball had flown in as it rippled the side-netting height=386 +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.  He's behind you: Claudio Marchisio gets to grips with Glen Johnson as the two sides try to stamp their authority on the match height=391 +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
    Midfield battle: Italy's Antonio Candreva tries to intercept a Steven Gerrard long pass height=421 +59 Midfield battle: Italy's Antonio Candreva tries to intercept a Steven Gerrard long pass
    Felled: Marco Verratti is brought down by Wayne Rooney during the first 10 minutes height=442 +59 Felled: Marco Verratti is brought down by Wayne Rooney during the first 10 minutes
    Eyes on the ball: Danny Welbeck goes the long way round Gabriel Paletta in pursuit of the ball height=424 +59 Eyes on the ball: Danny Welbeck goes the long way round Gabriel Paletta in pursuit of the ball
    Appeal: Andrea Pirlo claims handball against an England defender as the ball is played across height=423 +59 Appeal: Andrea Pirlo claims handball against an England defender as the ball is played across
    Striding on: Wayne Rooney gets beyond Daniele De Rossi height=454 +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.   Wayne Rooney heat map vs Italy height=431 +59   Raheem Sterling touch map vs Italy height=431 +59    Touches: Wayne Rooney's touch map is shown on the left, Raheem Sterling's on the right
    Extraordinary: England physio Gary Lewin is carried away on a stretcher with a suspected dislocated ankle after celebrating Sturridge's goal height=762 +59 Extraordinary: England physio Gary Lewin is carried away on a stretcher with a suspected dislocated ankle after celebrating Sturridge's goal
    Pass master: Andrea Pirlo is shadowed by Jordan Henderson as he tries to get into that metronomic passing rhythm height=480 +59 Pass master: Andrea Pirlo is shadowed by Jordan Henderson as he tries to get into that metronomic passing rhythm
    Tangle of legs: Danny Welbeck tries to pinch the ball from Giorgio Chiellini during a frenetic opening to the game height=462 +59 Tangle of legs: Danny Welbeck tries to pinch the ball from Giorgio Chiellini during a frenetic opening to the game
    Burned: Raheem Sterling manoeuvres the ball past Italian defender Gabriel Paletta during the opening few moments of the match height=417 +59 Burned: Raheem Sterling manoeuvres the ball past Italian defender Gabriel Paletta during the opening few moments of the match
    Thirsty work: Daniel Sturridge squirts water over his face in the hot conditions of Manaus... but this was before the anthems! height=618 +59 Thirsty work: Daniel Sturridge squirts water over his face in the hot conditions of Manaus... but this was before the anthems!
     Andrea Pirlo touch map vs England height=429 +59   Steven Gerrard touch map vs Italy height=429 +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. 
  Ready to roar: England line up for the customary pre-match photograph as they begin their World Cup campaign height=418 +59 Ready to roar: England line up for the customary pre-match photograph as they begin their World Cup campaign  Biggest stage: Roy Hodgson, who managed Switzerland at the 1994 World Cup, returns with England 20 years on height=402 +59 Biggest stage: Roy Hodgson, who managed Switzerland at the 1994 World Cup, returns with England 20 years on
 
    Community singing: The England and Italy teams line up for the national anthems ahead of kick-off height=416 +59 Community singing: The England and Italy teams line up for the national anthems ahead of kick-off
 
   Charge! An England fan dressed as St George on the front row in the stands in Manaus height=483 +59 Charge! An England fan dressed as St George on the front row in the stands in Manaus
    Support: One of the thousands of England fans who made their way to Manaus to watch the team height=816 +59 Support: One of the thousands of England fans who made their way to Manaus to watch the team
    English rose: Some very patriotic clothing on display in the stands at the Arena Amazonia height=834 +59 English rose: Some very patriotic clothing on display in the stands at the Arena Amazonia
    Mascot: One England fan brought a cuddly Shrek to the match, while another got their hands on the World Cup trophy height=400 +59 Mascot: One England fan brought a cuddly Shrek to the match, while another got their hands on the World Cup trophy
    Flying the flag: This Italian fan found a novel way of keeping cool in the tropical heat of Manaus height=423 +59 Flying the flag: This Italian fan found a novel way of keeping cool in the tropical heat of Manaus
    Passion for the Azzurri: Italy were well supported out in Manaus height=423 +59 Passion for the Azzurri: Italy were well supported out in Manaus
    On tour: England fans make themselves heard in Manaus ahead of their opening game at the 2014 World Cup height=510 +59 On tour: England fans make themselves heard in Manaus ahead of their opening game at the 2014 World Cup   Sealed with a kiss: This England fan got up, close and personal with the World Cup trophy at the match height=439 +59 Sealed with a kiss: This England fan got up, close and personal with the World Cup trophy at the match
    Pre-match preparations: Italy's Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli take a walk on the pitch at the Arena Amazonia ahead of the match height=416 +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 height=444 Old friends: Roy Hodgson meets his Italian counterpart Cesare Prandelli in the middle of the pitch prior to kick-off
 





 


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