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')

Mario Balotelli: "We do not fear anyone"

Balotelli:
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Italy striker Mario Balotelli is adamant that his side do not fear any team at the World Cup as they got their campaign off to the perfect start by defeating England.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has claimed that his side do not fear any team at the World Cup following their 2-1 victory over England in their opening game.

The 23-year-old scored a second-half winner for Cesare Prandelli's men as they defeated the Three Lions to get their campaign off to the perfect start.

Balotelli told reporters: "This game was very difficult for the climate and because England is strong: Italy suffers more, this is typical of our national team, but the important thing is to win and we did.

"We do not fear anyone. The others who must fear even Italy.

"But we must only think about Costa Rica, but we have to be quiet because otherwise we're not going anywhere."

Italy face Costa Rica in their next match on Thursday.

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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