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Italy lost only twice in the last 11 challenges against England and last night the positive trend has been confirmed. In a very difficult match between two very good teams Italy demonstrated a better habit to play at a high level, especially in the World Cup.
Prandelli’s guys started the match with an unusual tranquility being able to keep the ball possession for large stretches of the game. On the other hand, England was placed in its own half of the field although Roy Hodgson’s guys were always ready to quickly counterattacks. Italy managed to score the first goal thanks to a great strategy put into practice by a corner which freed Marchisio to inflate the English net. However, England’s reaction came immediately and with a deadly restart Rooney served a great ball to Daniel Sturridge who couldn’t miss the target.
In the second half the roles reversed with England trying to manage the game and Italy ready to hit England with fast counterattacks brought by Candreva and Darmian and perfectly inspirited by the divine Pirlo. One of these hit the mark and, thanks to a perfect cross by Candreva, Balotelli scored the 2-1.
A special mention goes to Matteo Darmian (my man of the match) that, despite his young age, simply astounded the crowd with his personality, speed and and offensive overlaps.
Positive start of the World Cup for Italy that now must confirm its positive moment against the surprising Costa Rica. England will clash against Uruguay to keep staying in Brazil and continue the dream to win the World Cup.