June 14, 2014 / 11:06 PM / in 4 years

England and Italy level at halftime after Sturridge equalizer

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) - Daniel Sturridge canceled out Claudio Marchisio’s fine strike as England and Italy went into halftime at 1-1 after an action-packed first half of their World Cup Group D match in the Amazon city of Manaus on Saturday.

Marchisio fired Italy ahead on 35 minutes after Andrea Pirlo deceived England’s entire defense with an ingenious dummy from a short corner and left the midfielder with time and space to unleash a scorcher from 25 meters into Joe Hart’s bottom right corner.

England replied almost instantly as Raheem Sterling released Wayne Rooney on the left wing and he delivered a perfect cross for Sturridge to drill in a close-range half-volley past Italy keeper Salvatore Sirigu, standing in for the injured Gianluigi Buffon.

Phil Jagielka came to England’s rescue on the stroke of halftime, clearing a Mario Balotelli lob off the line before Antonio Candreva hit the post.

Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; editing by Justin Palmer

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