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England 1-2 Italy: As It Happened

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KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Andrea Barzagli of Italy and Wayne Rooney of England challenge for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) | GIUSEPPE CACACE via Getty Images

England face Italy at a World Cup for the first time since 1990 tonight, as both European sides venture into the Manaus jungle in their tournament opener. Get live updates, reaction, pictures and Vines of the clash from 8pm tonight, with kick-off at 11pm.

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That's England's first opening defeat at a World Cup finals since 1986.

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Today (00:52) BST
OFF THE BAR FROM PIRLO

Hart was helpless, but the crossbar has given England a stay of execution. What a strike from Pirlo.

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Today (00:51) BST
93 min

Another Italian free-kick as Cahill blocks off Motta inside his own third.

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Today (00:50) BST
92 min

Important hook away from Marchisio as Baines looks to creep in at the far post. Sterling gets the first yellow card of the match tracking back as Pirlo releases Parolo and successfully takes the sting out of the match.

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Today (00:49) BST
The killer blow?

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Can England do it?

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Today (00:48) BST
89 min

Nothing comes from Gerrard's set-piece. England have regained the ball but the game has descended into an attack vs defence training drill and Italy are coping comfortably with England's ordinary approach.

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Today (00:47) BST
89 min

Corner England. Sterling is still worrying the Italians...

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Today (00:46) BST
87 min

Rooney nicks the ball off Rooney and hits it over when Sterling was an inviting option out wide. Barkley looks crestfallen he was forbidden from going it alone.

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Today (00:44) BST
Over from Gerrard

A harmless drifter from the England captain. Five minutes to go...

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Today (00:43) BST
83 min

Free-kick England. Lovely turn from Lallana, who outfoxes De Rossi and is unceremoniously taken out by him. Twenty yards out, who's it gonna be?

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Today (00:42) BST
82 min

Sterling becomes the fourth England player in as many minutes to punt the ball out. Fatigue is setting in, but Phil Neville is doing his best to blame the pitch.

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Today (00:38) BST
79 min

Wilshere emulates Rooney as he inexplicably hits the ball out.

The excellent Candreva has now made way for Marco Parolo, while Adam Lallana is on for Daniel Sturridge, who is hobbling off.

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He has kicked the ball straight out from the corner.

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Today (00:35) BST
Sirigu saves from Baines

Good effort but not in the corner, and Sirigu deals with it comfortably.

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Today (00:34) BST
75 min

England guilty of not moving the ball quickly enough. Rooney's coming deeper in an attempt to effect the play, and some penetration eventually compels Chiellini to clumsily foul Sturridge just outside the area.

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Today (00:31) BST
72 min

Johnson unleashes a left-footed shot but it isn't as close as it initially looks.

Balotelli goes off for Borussia Dortmund's new striker Ciro Immobile and Henderson makes way for Wilshere.

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Today (00:30) BST
Another corner

Better dead-ball kick from Baines, and Cahill's near post header is blocked.

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Today (00:29) BST
71 min

Corner England. Patient play outside the Italians' area, and now Wilshere is coming on.

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Hodgson doesn't have great options, but Sterling looks a tad tired and his decision-making has been erratic this half and while Gerrard is trying, Henderson is struggling to effect the game. Lallana? Wilshere? Lambert?

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Today (00:27) BST
68 min

That man Candreva again is troubling Baines, only his shot is never threatening Hart's goal.

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Today (00:25) BST
66 min

Good football from Sterling, who bypasses Marchisio and Pirlo but delays his cross and wins a corner Baines will take.

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Today (00:23) BST
64 min

Sirigu denies Barkley, who cuts inside and places a shot towards the far corner, seconds after Darmian is denied by a last-ditch Jagielka block. Sterling is down with cramp after a frantic few seconds.

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Sturridge and Sterling are either side of him with Barkley venturing forward from midfield.

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Today (00:21) BST
GREAT CHANCE!

Baines neatly slips Rooney in, he's onside, he cuts inside but he drags his shot wide. Great chance.

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Today (00:20) BST
Welbeck off for Barkley

The Longsight lad has done well and looked bright on the ball. He's unfortunate not to be called Rooney.

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Today (00:19) BST
61 min

Selfish from Sturridge as he goes for goal, rather than laying the ball off for Baines or Sterling on the left.

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60 min

Half-an-hour to go and the "Olés" are greeting Italy's passing.

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