Good first match by the Italians. The Azzurri start the tournament winning when it matters most, in their first match at this World Cup against what was considered the main antagonist in what should be a battle between these two sides for that first place spot in group D.
Victory for the Italians against England, thanks to goals from Marchisio and Balotelli. Final Italy 2 England 1.
Manager Prandelli spoke to Rai Sport, his comments on the Azzurri debut: “It’s a shame not to have a time out, it was impossible to maintain this intensity. The team has suffered, but we have maintained the supremacy in the middle of the field. We worked out well in Coverciano, but in the second half of the match the team started cramping up, this means that our workouts have paid off ”
When asked about Balotelli, Prandelli’s response
“He gave it his all, he gave us all he could give. We gave it our all as a team.”
Now Italy focuses their attention on their next match, Friday versus Costa Rica. Costa Rica and Italy on top of group D but Costa Rica has the first place spot due to their 3-1 win over Uruguay.