FT: England 1-2 Italy


FT: England 1 (Sturridge 37') Italy 2 (Marchisio 35' Balotelli 50')

94' – Pirlo with a classy direct free-kick that swerves viciously before cannoning off the crossbar! Hart was beaten.

92' – BOOKING: Sterling cautioned for bringing down Parolo on a dangerous counter-attack.

87' – Rooney fires over the bar from range, this time with his left foot.

80' – SUB for England: Lallana (ON) for Sturridge (OFF)

79' – SUB for Italy: Parolo (ON) for Candreva (OFF)

77' – Leighton Baines' direct free-kick is palmed away by Sirigu.

73' – SUB for England: Wilshere (ON) for Henderson (OFF)

73' – SUB for Italy: Immobile (ON) for Balotelli (OFF)

68' – The confident Candreva drives forward again but shoots wide of Hart's near post. England 1-2 Italy.

63' – Classy football from Italy at the one end before a lightning-quick break from England ends with Barkey's shot saved.

62'– Rooney finds space in the box, cuts onto his right foot, but fails to hit the target when well placed to score.

61' – SUB for England: Barkley (ON) for Welbeck (OFF)

57' – SUB for Italy: Motta (ON) for Verratti (OFF)

54' – Rooney drags a shot wide from the edge of the box. Will he score his first World Cup goal tonight?

50' – GOAL Italy. Balotelli heads home from close range after being picked out by Candreva. England 1-2 Italy.

46' – Second half kicks off. England 1-1 Italy.

HT: England 1 (Sturridge 37') Italy 1 (Marchisio 35')

47' – Balotelli is denied a sumptuous goal by a goal-line clearance from Jagielka, then Candreva hits the upright!

45' – Darmian drives forward and tries his luck from range but his shot goes over the bar.

37' – GOAL England! Daniel Sturridge taps home Wayne Rooney's precise cross from the left. England 1-1 Italy.

35' – GOAL Italy! Claudio Marchisio with a sweety struck shot into the bottom-left corner! England 0-1 Italy.

30' – The game is going through an incredibly boring patch right now with a lot of safe passing. England 0-0 Italy.

23' – Balotelli has his first sight of goal and fires a shot wide from about 30 yards. England 0-0 Italy.

22' – Sterling beats his man on the left and puts in a teasing delivery across goal, agonisingly out of Welbeck's reach.

16' – Open start to the game thanks to England's bustling, attacking approach, really having a go at Italy.

8' – Italy playing around the England box ends in Pirlo calling for a penalty for handball, not given.

5' – Now Henderson has a go from range and Sirigu produces the save. All-action start to this game!

4' – Sterling lets rip from about 30 yards and hits the side-netting. Close attempt!

1' – England vs Italy is underway.