World Cup 2014 live blog: Reaction to defeat for England against Italy in Manaus - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014 live blog: Reaction to defeat for England against Italy in Manaus

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the third day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Marc Williams and Sam Dymond were in position to talk you through England's defeat to Italy, Costa Rica's humbling of Uruguay and Colombia's confident showing against Greece as they happened...

    25 mins: Sustained pressure from England fails to bring a goal, but they've gone close. First, Daniel Sturridge was agonisingly unable to nod in from close range after Welbeck's impressive run and cross had been deflected up by Andrea Barzagli, and then, from the resulting corner, Gary Cahill and Wayne Rooney both had half-chances to convert the loose ball. An escape for the Italians.
    6/14/2014 10:27:18 PM
    Nobody should be unlocking doors at this time of night. Check them all, and the windows.

    6/14/2014 10:32:40 PM
    33 mins: Now it's the Italians turn to come forward and go close! Nobody could ever suggest that Mario Balotelli's head isn't big enough already, but the AC Milan failed to get a proper connection on the ball with his noggin' following a clever pull back from Darmian. The full back is constantly getting in behind the England defence on the right-hand side.
    6/14/2014 10:34:42 PM
    35 mins: GOAL! ENGLAND 0 ITALY 1: The Italians break the deadlock! And it was a terrifically well-worked goal, scored by Juventus' Claudio Marchisio! Even without the ball, Andrea Pirlo is a wonderful player, and his dummy of the ball from a short corner on the right, opened up all kinds of space for his clubmate. Marchisio took one touch to steady himself, and then fired right-footed low past a crowd of players and Joe Hart, into the bottom left-hand corner. Can England respond?

    6/14/2014 10:35:04 PM
    37 mins: GOAL! ENGLAND 1 ITALY 1: YES! An instant response from England and Daniel Sturridge! Raheem Sterling was at the heart of it, taking control of the ball in midfield before spraying it out to the wide left for a rampaging Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United forward burst towards the touchline and sent over a perfect delivery for the arriving Sturridge to sidefoot home from six yards. A great reply from Hodgson's men!

    There's a lengthy delay after the goal, however, amid worrying scenes on the touchline. It appears that in the celebrations following the equaliser, England physiotherapist Gary Lewin has been injured underneath a crowd of players. There are concerned looks on the faces of the England players and staff, and Lewin is crowded by FIFA officials. Eventually, he is stretchered off for treatment and the initial diagnosis is a broken ankle.

    6/14/2014 10:37:14 PM
    45 mins: Two minutes of injury time are signalled at the end of a first half that was expected to be played at a slow pace given the sides involved at the heat in Manaus. It has been anything but so far.
    6/14/2014 10:46:33 PM
    45 mins + 2: Mario Balotelli nearly caps a frenetic first half in sensational style! Unable to find a way around Joe Hart after he had been slipped through in the area, the Italian turned away from goal before attempting an audacious chip that was sailing into the net, only for Jagielka to appear and head off the line and away for a corner.

    From the corner, England nearly fall behind again, but Candreva's near post shot is kept out by a combination of Hart and the woodwork.

    6/14/2014 10:47:39 PM

    The Independent's Glenn Moore...

    Against the old Italy, England would still be one-down. Having gone ahead, with a brilliantly worked set-piece move, the old Italy would have curtailed Darmian’s right-flank counter-attacking, but the full-back was still recovering after bursting down the flank when Sterling released Rooney behind him.

    That, though, is about the only time Rooney has looked happy.  He seems unsure of his positioning and Baines is being left outmanned by Darmian and Candreva. Roy Hodgson has a decision to make about that problem is dealt with at half-time. Sterling is looking bright, Welbeck solid, and a good finish form Sturridge.

    This game, though, will be decided in the last 20 minutes when the conditions have drained the players. When the body is fatigued the mind tires too and concentration lapses. 
    6/14/2014 10:47:48 PM
    News of a change of sort at half-time from The Independent's Sam Wallace...

    6/14/2014 10:59:34 PM
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: England can begin the second half in positive fashion, suggesting that the open, entertaining encounter we saw in the first 45 minutes is set to continue - until the fatigue sets in, at least. Goalscorer Daniel Sturridge wastes no time, but his fierce shot from 25 yards was turned away by Sirigu.
    6/14/2014 11:09:05 PM
    50 mins: GOAL! ENGLAND 1 ITALY 2: Italy regain the lead at the start of the second half through Mario Balotelli's header! The Azzurri have targeted the right wing all evening, again and again exposing Leighton Baines, and eventually it was going to pay. Antonio Candreva toyed with the Everton man before sending over a perfect cross to the back post where Balotelli was arriving to nod confidently past the sprawling Joe Hart. England will have to regroup and bounce back again!

    6/14/2014 11:09:19 PM
    55 mins: England are having a go again! Daniel Sturridge has twice troubled the Italian defence with his direct running since the second Italian goal and, on one of those occasions, had half-hearted penalty appeals dismissed after going to ground inside the box. 
    6/14/2014 11:15:37 PM
    57 mins: More English penalty appeals! Turned down by Bjorn Kuipers once again! It was Steven Gerrard, this time, who burst into the penalty area - in scenes reminiscent of the 2005 Champions League final - and was taken out by the clumsy challenge of Paletta. It was one of those where you're furious if your team doesn't get it, but incandescent with rage if it goes against you. This is rage.
    6/14/2014 11:18:24 PM
    61 mins: Cometh the hour, cometh the wonderkid.  England always need a young prodigy to hang their World Cup hopes on and here's Ross Barkley of Everton. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is on in place of Danny Welbeck.
    6/14/2014 11:21:04 PM
    62 mins: A great chance goes begging for Wayne Rooney! The England forward hasn't seen much of goal tonight, being played out on the left-hand side, but he's missed a great chance to equalise. The Manchester United striker was slipped in by Baines, but after cutting inside of his marker, he dragged his shot the wrong side of Sirigu's near post.

    6/14/2014 11:21:53 PM
    65 mins: Ross Barkley goes close to making an instant impact, having been sent scampering clear down the left but his curling shot, after he had cut back inside on to his right foot, was parried out by Sirigu to an area where no England player was following in.
    6/14/2014 11:25:38 PM
    73 mins: England vary a couple of corners in quick succession and, after Cahill has a flicked header turned away, Glen Johnson lets fly with a rasping drive from similar distance as where Marchisio opened the scoring. It lacks the accuracy of the Juventus man's effort, sadly, as swerves wide of Sirigu's right-hand post.
    6/14/2014 11:32:18 PM
    74 mins: Italian's second half goalscorer and, as it stands, match-winner, Mario Balotelli has taken his leave of tonight's game. The AC Milan striker has been replaced by Torino sharp-shooter Ciro Immobile - the most immobile striker to play at a high level since Shefki Kuqi's loan spell at Fulham in the Premier League.
    6/14/2014 11:34:33 PM
    77 mins: Leighton Baines lines up a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but the left-back is unable to reproduce the end product of so many of his set-pieces at club level. It's on target, but too near to Sirigu, and the Italian goalkeeper is able to get comfortably across his line and turn it behind.

    Unfortunately, any pressure England had built up was ruined by Wayne Rooney's corner which was spooned straight behind for a goalkick. It may be time to blame the Manaus pitch.
    6/14/2014 11:38:16 PM
    82 mins: Inside the last ten minutes and England may well have run out of steam. Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere are both on to freshen things up, but the Italians remain the masters at seeing this kind of situation out.
    6/14/2014 11:40:59 PM
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