Mario Balotelli turned a sublime Antonio Candreva cross into goal for what proved to be the winner in Manaus as Italy claimed three points from their Saturday encounter with England.
Claudio Marchisio had opened the scoring in the 35th minute following an exquisite Andrea Pirlo dummy, but just two minutes later level terms were restored when Daniel Sturridge converted Wayne Rooney’s cross to the far corner.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|England Player Ratings|
Half-Time Analysis for England
Hart: Made one save and was well-beaten at his right-hand corner by Marchisio.
Johnson: Still not convincing on the defensive side of the ball.
Cahill: Might have been better positioned in the buildup to Marchisio’s opener.
Jagielka: Came to the rescue with a header off the line in first-half stoppage time.
Baines: Being outplayed by Darmian on that flank.
Gerrard: Touched the ball 33 times in the opening period, completing 87 percent of his passes.
Henderson: Distribution has been poor, but he’s got himself in shooting position at least twice.
Rooney: Set up the equaliser with an inch-perfect cross to Sturridge.
Sterling: Excelling in a free role.
Welbeck: Final-third passing has been excellent, and he might have scored but for Barzagli’s deflection.
Sturridge: Needed only a single touch to beat Sirigu at the far post.
Full-Time analysis for England
Hart: Had only a single save to make but was well-beaten by a late Pirlo free kick that rang off the crossbar.
Johnson: He moved the ball nicely down the right but was generally off the mark with his crosses.
Cahill: Made an well-timed, last-minute tackle on Immobile.
Jagielka: Made a vital block on Darmian.
Baines: Allowed Candreva to ease past him before setting up Balotelli.
Gerrard: Could barely move by the final whistle.
Henderson: Completed 88 percent of his passes in a performance that will likely earn him a starting spot against Uruguay.
Rooney: Missed several shots and delivered a comical corner midway through the second half.
Sterling: The Liverpool youngster drove the England attack.
Welbeck: Faded after the restart and was replaced by Barkley.
Sturridge: Cramped up with 10 minutes remaining.
Barkley: Completed all of his passes and forced a diving save out of Sirigu.
Wilshere: Was introduced as Italy invited England onto them.
Lallana: Only 11 touches in a brief cameo.
|Italy Player Ratings|
Half-Time Analysis for Italy
Sirigu: No chance on the Sturridge equaliser.
Darmian: In just his second appearance for Italy, he’s providing some useful width.
Barzagli: Stuck a leg out to direct Welbeck’s effort just wide.
Paletta: In no shape to get a deflection on Rooney’s cross to Sturridge.
Chiellini: Will continue to be tested by Welbeck after the restart.
De Rossi: An eye-popping 72 touches already for the Roma midfielder.
Candreva: Struck the upright late in the opening period with Hart well-beaten.
Verratti: No one has moved the ball better.
Pirlo: His instinctive dummy allowed Marchisio to take the goal-bound shot.
Marchisio: Beat Hart inside the far corner with a sublime drive from distance.
Balotelli: Should have opened the scoring with a header shortly after the hour-mark.
Full-Time analysis for Italy
Sirigu: Made fantastic saves to deny Barkley and Baines.
Darmian: Italy have something special in the Torino right-back.
Barzagli: The best defender on the pitch.
Paletta: Enjoyed a much better second half.
Chiellini: Won all of his aerial battles and contributed five tackles.
De Rossi: Didn’t allow the England playmakers an eye of goal in the second half.
Candreva: Delivered an exquisite cross for Balotelli to turn into goal.
Verratti: Touched the ball 71 times before coming off and misplaced just a single pass.
Pirlo: Struck the crossbar with a late free kick.
Marchisio: Faded offensively after the restart although is defensive contribution was admirable.
Balotelli: Turned Cahill and made no mistake with his finish on Candreva’s cross.
Motta: Didn’t misplace a single pass after coming on for Verratti.
Immobile: Nearly made it 3-1 in the final minute of second-half stoppage time.
Parolo: Helped tighten things up in the final 11 minutes.