FIFA World Cup: Mario Balotelli Scores as Italy Triumph Over England

In a well-fought Group D clash, Italy defeated England 2-1 in their FIFA World Cup opener in Manaus.

updated: June 15, 2014 05:54 IST
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Manaus: Mario Balotelli came back to haunt England with the winning goal as Italy began their FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over England in Manaus on Saturday.

Balotelli Goal


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.

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