Italy has scored a vital win to start its World Cup campaign, beating England 2-1 in Manaus.
A defensive struggle had been expected, but both sides produced a series of attacking chances in steamy conditions.
Italy took the lead in the 35th minute, after a perfectly executed move from a corner set up midfielder Claudio Marchisio, who drilled a right-footed shot into the corner from outside the box.
England equalised two minutes later, however, as Wayne Rooney produced a brilliant cross from the left for striker Daniel Sturridge to finish from close range to make it 1-1.
Mario Balotelli nearly made it two before half-time, but his chip from an extremely tight angle was cleared off the line by England defender Phil Jagielka.
The second half was a little slower because of the heat, but Balotelli got the vital goal in the 50th minute when he headed home a cross from Antonio Candreva.
The win puts Italy second in the group behind Costa Rica, who upset Uruguay 3-1 in the earlier game.
More to follow.