Italy vs England Highlights 2014 World Cup

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 | 4

England started the game brightly with their front four players causing problems for Italy defence but it was Italians who took the lead when Andrea Pirlo’s superb dummy setup a great oppertunity of a shot on target outside box for Marchisio, who struck the ball neatly and put it in the bottom right corner with a hard low shot.

England 2-1 Italy Highlights
[ Group D – 2014 World Cup ]
35′ 0 – 1 Claudio Marchisio
37′ 1 – 1 Daniel Sturridge
51′ 1 – 2 Mario Balotelli

England took on Italy in the Group D game on Saturday night and the match turned out to be a rumble in the amazonia jungle. Marchisio and Sturridge scored for either side in the first half. Mario Balotelli made it 2-1 for Italy a Lead which they managed to defend quite easily in the end

Marchisio opened the scoring with low hard shot in the bottom corner

England’s responce was immediate when Rahim Sterling found Rooney in space behind Italy defence on the right side, who took a couple of touches and put in lovely teasing cross at the back post where Sturridge was on hand to poke it home. Game was 1-1 at the break but England were the happier side going into the halftime having sustain constant pressure in the last few minutes, when Balotelli’s lob was cleared off the line and a shot hit the goal post.

Sturridge scored a “tap in” on a great Rooney cross to get England back on level terms

Jagielka was on hand to clear Balotelli’s chip shot over the bar

After the break Italy scored again through Mario Balotelli and that was the game there, after that it was typical italian side defending but England made it so easy for them by playing without any plan and intensity. Apart from one chance which fell to Wayne Rooney, England just could not pull two passed together. Now England has a mountain to climb as they need to win both of their remaining group games to qualify for next round.

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  • Khubaib Imran Gujjar

    awesome played by ITALY <3

  • Steve B

    “could not pull two passes together” is very. very harsh. England played counter attacking football pretty well to begin, and after 2-1 down they were constantly in the Italian half and created chances which on another day would have been converted. Yes, as expected Italy controlled the ball in the middle a lot but they did not create as much. Of course Italy made less important mistakes and took their chance to score, so they deserve it. Congrats to Italy but…. I would say England were the more dangerous and attacking team. Watch the highlights again and see who had the most chances in the game, I would not say it was “easy” for Italy at all. England do need to improve in defense and take more of their chances, but their passing and counter attacking style was far better than the previous few tournaments so I do not think that was their problem in this game.

    • Sameer

      England can take a few positives like Sterlings performance but I thought Italy had a gear or two left unsed. Once they scored they just sit back and defended very well and I thought England missed the tick by sending Jack Wilshere instead of Ricky Lambert ( his height and power might have been useful) or even Frank Lampard (the highest goalscoring midfielder in the world). England created a few chances but never really put italy under constant pressure. having said that if game finished 2-2 it would have been a fair result.

      • Alexander T

        England have the highest passing accuracy in the opposition half than any other team in the tournament so far, so I don’t think you can criticise England for their passing. There was a certain lack of incision in the final third during the latter stages of the game but all-in-all it was a very pleasing performance – certainly not a cakewalk for the Italians.

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