Italy Defeats England, 2-1

Some of our favorite Instagram moments from England vs Italy.

Some of our favorite Instagram moments.

Italy’s captain and keeper Gianluigi Buffon had to miss the World Cup opener against England tonight. Colombia won without Falcao and Italy won without Buffon.

Italy’s coach Cesare Prandelli described Buffon’s injury as a “very, very light ankle twist” on Friday, causing Buffon to miss a scheduled appearance at the pre-match press conference, but it has since emerged that the injury is more serious than hoped.

World Cup Brazil, Group D
England vs Italy, June 14, 2014. 6:00 PM ET, World Cup Brazil
Arena Amazonia, Manaus


  • 35′ Claudio Marchisio (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Verratti following a corner. England 0, Italy 1.
  • 37′ Yes, two minutes later, Daniel Sturridge (England) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross. England 1, Italy 1
  • First Half ends, England 1, Italy 1
  • 50′ With the teams deadlocked 1-1, Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva delivered a pin-point, right-left cross that Mario Balotelli (Italy) met near the far post. England 1, Italy 2
  • The referee blows the final whistle. Italy over England 2-1

England’s hopes in the balance

The path out of Group D is not impossible for England. They have to beat Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday if they want to make it to the next round. Today against Italy, Wayne Rooney, was shifted to the left and Danny Welbeck, who usually plays on that side, was moved to the right. We have to wait for the changes coach Roy Hodgson will make, but clearly, Rooney on the left did not work.

What to do you think coach Prandelli and coach Hodgson should do for the upcoming games? Add your comments below!


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World Cup Groups

Group A:Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea

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