Sunday, 15 June 2014

Amateurish Thoughts On Brazil 2014: England vs Italy

  • England took a more direct approach than Italy, but they weren't really able to penetrate. Their speculative shooting from distance summed up England's strategy.
  • Italy's first goal was brilliant set piece work, with Pirlo's dummy perfect for opening the space. Marchisio's drive was very well placed.
  • England's immediate response was very well executed. Sterling's pass to Rooney, and Rooney's cross to Sturridge was very well executed.
  • Incredible skill by Balotelli with the chip that was cleared off the line.
  • Italy's attacking by crossing looked quite ineffective up until the moment a cross found the head of Balotelli.
  • Apart from Sterling, Italy had England's measure in attack. Nothing England did really troubled the Italian defence after Italy took the advantage.
  • Will Wayne Rooney ever score an international goal? Also, his corner kick was hilarious.
  • It's a shame Pirlo's free kick deep in injury time cannoned off the crossbar.
  • A fair result. England simply didn't have the attacking options to trouble the resilient Italian defence.

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