Italy beat England, Costa Rica's surprise win in Group of Death

Italy beat England 2-1. There was some thrilling attacking play by the English side especially after the Italians was leading 2-1. Balotelli scored the decisive goal, with an exceptional header five minutes into the second half. 

Balotelli scored

The first goal went to the Italian side when Andrea Pirlo dummy helped teammate Marchisio into a great opportunity and the player took it well. Well shot, way past England's goalkeeper's Joe Hart. 

The English side were quick to recover with Wayne Rooney providing a brilliant cross for Sturridge to equalized. Rooney missed 2 good chances for England. 
England endured a couple of nervy moments before half-time. Phil Jagielka cleared Balotelli's chip off the line and Antonio Candreva hit a post. But Hodgson's men clung on, and they started the second period as they did the first. Sturridge pelted a low 20-yard drive which Sirigu pushed away.

Once again, though, the good work went to waste as slack marking allowed Italy to re-take the lead. Leighton Baines was out-smarted -- not for the first time -- by Candreva, who turned and crossed for Balotelli, who had gained a yard on Cahill. The former Manchester City striker guided the ball past Hart and the celebrations on the Italian bench ensued once again.

After that, it was all the English side until the last 10 minutes. The English players were obviously not fit enough to withstand the heat. It was obvious as some players had cramp. Andrea Pirlo had a last minute free kick that hit the bar. It was one that show how good the Italian player is, even at his age. Joe Hart was lucky the bar save the ball for him this time around and the game ended with 2-1.


Earlier before the game, Uruguay was shocked when Costa Rica won the game with 3-1. Before the game, everyone, including myself thought that the Group of Death is all about Uruguay, Italy and England. Costa Rica made a statement. They came to the World Cup to play.

Without Suarez, Uruguay seem to be a different team, and Costa Rica took full advantage of it. While other countries like Colombia could thrive without their top player, Falcao, Uruguay struggled. 

Adding insult to injury, Maxi Pereira became the first player to be sent off at the 2014 tournament after he kicked Costa Rica's best player, Joel Campbell, to the ground in the closing minutes.

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