Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena Amazonia, Manaus
England
1-2
Italy
Sturridge (37')
Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marchisio (35'), Balotelli (50')

Claudio Marchisio claims he had hallucinations during the game due to the heat

Claudio Marchisio of Italy celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
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Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio claims that he experienced hallucinations due to the heat during the 2-1 win over England on Saturday.

Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio has revealed that he experienced hallucinations due to the heat during his side's 2-1 win over England on Saturday.

The conditions for the game at the Arena Amazonia were a major talking point in the build-up, and the Juventus midfielder has highlighted the difficulty for the players.

Marchisio, who opened the scoring with a fine strike from distance, praised the character of the Azzurri to deal with the conditions and gain a vital three points.

"It was important to get the victory, especially on a day when playing football in this humidity was frankly difficult," Marchisio told Sky Sport Italia.

"In certain moments I felt like I had hallucinations due to the heat.

"However, this team showed it has great character, as we resisted in the final minutes and brought home a deserved win against a good England side."

Marchisio has earned 46 caps for Italy since making his debut in 2009.

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli gestures to his players from the sidelines during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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