Manaus, Brazil (4E Sports) – Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli scored for Italy in defeating England, 2-1 Saturday at Arena Amazônia.
Marchisio smashed a low 24-yard strike past Joe Hart through the legs of Gary Cahill and into the net to give Italy the lead in the 35th minute.
England immediately answered with Wayne Rooney sending a cross from the left to Daniel Sturridge who tapped it in at the far post for the equalizer.
Balotelli and Antonio Candreva came close to scoring again for Italy before halftime.
Then Balotelli headed in Candreva’s cross after the winger beat Leighton Baines to put Italy in front shortly into the second half.
England’s onslaught for most of the remainder of the match could not break through Italy’s defense as the latter held on to win.