World Cup review: England lose thrilling match to Italy

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Sunday 15 June 2014

World Cup review: England lose thrilling match to Italy

Daniel Sturridge goal not enough, while Wilfried Bony and Joel Campbell on the scoresheet

  • Daniel Sturridge's goal was not enough for England against Italy

  • Liverpool's Raheem Sterling impressed for England in Manaus

  • Arsenal's Joel Campbell scores the Costa Rica equaliser against Uruguay

  • Swansea's Wilfried Bony heads in for Ivory Coast against Japan

  • Man Utd's Shinji Kagawa is challenged Cheick Tiote, of Newcastle United

  • Man City's Yaya Toure is tackled by Southampton's Maya Yoshida

Italy 2-1 England

A second-half header from former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli earned Italy a thrilling 2-1 win over England in their Group D encounter in Manaus.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Claudio Marchiso’s long-range strike with a well-worked goal involving Raheem Sterling and Wayne Rooney during the first half but after Balotelli’s back-post header on 50 minutes, England were unable to find a second equaliser in a thrilling encounter.

BPL players to feature
Joe Hart (Man City), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines (both Everton), Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson (both Liverpool, 73), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd, 61min), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool). Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Subs: Ross Barkley (Everton, 61), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 73), Adam Lallana (Southampton, 80). Subs not used: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), James Milner (Man City), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ben Foster  (West Bromwich Albion).

Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

Arsenal’s Joel Campbell scored one goal and created another as Costa Rica stunned Uruguay in Fortaleza to take the lead in Group D. The 21-year-old was signed by Arsenal in 2011, but has yet to play for Arsene Wenger’s team, going on loan to Lorient, in France, Real Betis, in Spain, and last season at Olympiakos, in Greece.

Campbell’s fierce shot in the second half drew the scores level after Diego Cavani had put Uruguay ahead with a first-half penalty. Then after Oscar Duarte had headed Costa Rica into the lead, Campbell played a clever through-ball to substitute Marcos Urena, who sealed the victory.

Diego Lugano, who played for West Bromwich Albion last season, played the 90 minutes in the Uruguay defence, but Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates and Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez were unused substitutes.

BPL players to feature
Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion). Subs not used: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton).
Costa Rica: Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

Goals from Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony and former Arsenal forward Gervinho gave Ivory Coast a winning start in their Group C encounter in Recife.

Japan, who started with Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and Southampton defender Maya Yoshida, took the lead through Keisuke Honda after 16 minutes. Bony’s diving header brought the scores level on 64 minutes and two minutes later Gervinho, with another header, scored the winner for Ivory Coast, for whom Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote also played.

In the other Group C match, Colombia beat Greece 3-0.

BPL players to feature
Ivory Coast:
Yaya Toure (Man City); Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United); Wilfried Bony (Swansea City, 78). Sub not used: Kolo Toure (Liverpool).
Japan: Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd, 86).

BPL goalscorers at the FIFA 2014 World Cup

2 Van Persie (Netherlands & Man Utd).
1 Oscar (Brazil & Chelsea), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast & Swansea City), Daniel Sturridge (England & Liverpool), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica & Arsenal).

2014 FIFA World Cup fixtures

15 June (BST)
Switzerland v Ecuador
8pm France v Honduras
11pm Argentina v Bosnia & Herzegovina

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