On June 14th we watched the match between Group D teams: England and Italy. There were a lot of expectations placed on England and few days before the match we could read plenty of articles describing the fierce mood of English team.
Steven Gerrard looked pretty self-confident when he told that England had no excuses to lose and Rooney was ready to score goal after goal. Unfortunately for England, the score was 2-1 in favor of Italy, the same as we predicted. So if you placed a bet on Italy winning, then you had pretty good odds (2.50 by bet365) for making some income.
Claudio Marchisio opened the scoring for Italy (35’), Daniel Sturridge leveled the score after he got an assist from Rooney (37’) and Mario Balotelli netted the second goal for Italy (50’).
Initially, the bets were placed on Italy and they were the slight favorites in this meeting. It means that there was a pressure on England from the very start. However, it wasn’t the only thing that challenged English players. The hot and humid tropical climate of Brazil had its effect on the representatives of the mild European climate.
England played some good football, but they couldn’t get in front most of the time and thus didn’t have many chances to score. “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. I thought we played some good stuff, created a few chances, so I think we were quite unfortunate. But that’s football, that’s how it goes,” said Rooney in his after-match-interview.
The next match England are going to play against Uruguay, which are a strong opponent. Nonetheless, England stands pretty good chances, if they play as good as against Italy and Uruguay show as bad performance as they did in their shocking match against Costa Rica.
As to Italy, they had some really good moments (such as impressive attacks and strong defense) and they are expected to repeat their performance when playing against Costa Rica.
Result: bet won