World Cup Roundup (June 14): Italy downs England 2-1 on Balotelli goal

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GROUP D

ITALY 2, ENGLAND 1

MANAUS, Brazil -- Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup.

The Italy striker was left free by his marker Gary Cahill and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 50th minute.

Claudio Marchisio scored first for Italy, sending a long shot through a crowded area and past a diving Hart in the 35th. Daniel Sturridge equalized for England two minutes later, tapping in a cross from Wayne Rooney.

The win puts Italy in a strong position to qualify for the second round, and leaves England with plenty to do in its remaining two matches.

GROUP D

COSTA RICA 3, URUGUAY 1

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil -- For a second day running, this spectacular World Cup left everyone in awe. This time, it was Costa Rica which produced a huge upset.

A day after defending champion Spain was sensationally routed 5-1 by the Netherlands, a small Central American nation with a minor World Cup pedigree came from behind to beat 2010 semifinalist Uruguay 3-1.

After going ahead through a first-half penalty, Uruguay was taken apart on counterattacks as Costa Rica scored three times in the second half to open Group D with a major upset.

GROUP C

IVORY COAST 2, JAPAN 1

RECIFE, Brazil -- Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday.

Drogba, who had been carrying an injury, came on in the 62nd minute when his team was losing 1-0. The talismanic striker's arrival immediately lifted the Ivory Coast team and Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored with headers two minutes apart.

Coach Sabri Lamouchi's inspired substitution negated Keisuke Honda's first half goal that had given Japan the lead.

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