Thursday, 5th March 2015

Balotelli goal gives Italy 2-1 win over England

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Italy striker Mario Balotelli landed Italy a 2-1 win over England with a header in the second half.

Claudio Marchisio opened the scoring for Italy, sending a long shot through a crowded area and past a diving England keeper Joe Hart in the 35th minute. But just two minutes later, Daniel Sturridge levelled for England, tapping in a cross from Wayne Rooney.

It was all equal chances at half time. But within minutes of the second half opening, Balotelli found himself left unmarked by Gary Cahill, and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past Hart in the 50th minute.

The win puts Italy in a strong position to qualify for the second round, and leaves England with plenty to do in its remaining two matches. In the other Group D match, Costa Rica handed a defeat to Uruguay 3-1, leaving the 2010 semifinalists with a similarly difficult task to advance. (Xinhua)



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