15 Jun 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: England vs Italy 8th Match in Pictures

Mario Balotelli came back to haunt England with the winning goal as Italy began their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over England in Manaus on Saturday.

Claudio Marchisio had given the Italians a 35th minute lead with a rasping low drive into the bottom corner but Daniel Sturridge converted Wayne Rooney's deep cross to the back post just two minutes later to equalise.

Just five minutes into the second period, Balotelli headed home Antonio Candreva's cross from close range.

The result leaves England in a desperate situation ahead of their next match against Uruguay, who earlier were stunned 3-1 by Costa Rica, in Sao Paulo.

Italy's defender Matteo Darmian kicks the ball during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14.
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Italy's forward Mario Balotelli (C) heads the ball to score a goal.
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Italy's midfielder Claudio Marchisio celebrates scoring.
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England supporter reacts in the Walkabout bar in central London during England's first Group D match against Italy.
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England's forward Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring a goal during a Group D football match.
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Italy fans hold a cardboard cut out of Italy's forward Mario Balotelli and their national flag as they celebrate after Italy won their Group D football match against England.
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Italy's midfielder Andrea Pirlo (R) vies with England's forward Wayne Rooney.
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Italy's forward Mario Balotelli (C,R) and Italy's midfielder Claudio Marchisio kick off.
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 England's forward Wayne Rooney reacts during.
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Italy's football team celebrate after scoring a goal during a Group D football match.
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England's forward Daniel Sturridge scores during a Group D football match.
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Italy's midfielder Andrea Pirlo runs with the ball during a Group D football match between England and Italy.
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Supporters attend a Group D football match between England and Italy.
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England's forward Wayne Rooney (L) gestures towards the referee Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers.FIFA World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup, England vs Italy, Mario Balotelli, England Squad, Italy Squad, Football, Sports, Brazil, Matteo Darmian, Claudio Marchisio, Group D, Daniel Sturridge, Andrea Pirlo, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli (L) heads and scores during a Group D football match.
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England fans cheer on their national team prior to a Group D football match between England and Italy.
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England supporters react in the Walkabout bar in central London, after England scored an equalising goal during their first match against Italy.
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England's coach Roy Hodgson walks on the field prior to the start of a Group D football match.
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England's defender Leighton Baines kicks the ball.
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Italian fans celebrate their team's victory over England in the 2014 World Cup as they watch the match on a large screen in central Rome's Piazza Venezia.
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Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli gestures to his players from the sidelines.
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Member of Italy's national football team (back from L-R) Italy's defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini, Italy's defender Gabriel Paletta, Italy's forward Mario Balotelli, Italy's defender Matteo Darmian and Italy's goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, (from L-R) Italy's midfielder Antonio Candreva, Italy's midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Italy's midfielder Claudio Marchisio, Italy's midfielder Marco Verratti and Italy's midfielder Daniele De Rossi, pose for team photo.
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(FromL, Background) England's forward Daniel Sturridge, England's defender Gary Cahill, England's goalkeeper Joe Hart, England's forward Daniel Welbeck, England's midfielder Jordan Henderson, England's defender Phil Jagielka and England's defender Leighton Baines (FromL, foreground) England's forward Wayne Rooney, England's midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard, England's defender Glen Johnson and England's midfielder Raheem Sterling pose pose for team photo.
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(AFP Photo)

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