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World Cup live blog: June 14

June 14, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Colombia vs. Greece, followed by Uruguay-Costa Rica at 3, Italy-England at 6 and Ivory Coast-Japan at 9.

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(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert,File)

(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert,File)

Les Elephants have played a tough slate of friendlies, including matches against Bosnia, Mexico, Belgium, Russia and Italy in the last few years.

And further, these friendlies have been another step more difficult than the opponent list makes it seem. Cote d’Ivoire have not had another national team visit them for a friendly since Israel made the trip in 2011. All of those matches have been played either at neutral sites or more commonly in front of a hostile crowd. Once you account for home field advantage, Cote d’Ivoire’s profile takes another big step forward.

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Italy's defender Matteo Darmian. (Ettore Ferrari/EPA)

Italy defender Matteo Darmian. (Ettore Ferrari/EPA)

Despite having more fouls and offside calls, Italy managed to pull off a victory, two goals to England’s one. Here’s how the stats break it down.

Goals

England: 1, Daniel Sturridge at ’37

Italy: 2, Claudio Marchisio at 35′ and Mario Balotelli at 50′

Total shots

England: 18

Italy: 12

Shots on goal

England: 8

Italy: 5

Fouls

England: 8

Italy: 12

Possession percentage

England: 49 percent

Italy: 51 percent

Corners

England: 9

Italy: 2

Saves

England: 3

Italy: 7

Offsides

England: 0

Italy: 7

Red cards

England: 0

Italy: 0

Yellow cards

England: 1, Raheem Sterling in injury time

Italy: 0

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Italy is now tied with Costa Rica with three points each in their group.

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England is very lucky.

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Things are not going well for England in Manaus, where the humidity remains 74 percent.

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Italy has attempted eight crosses tonight. Just one met by a teammate – Antonio Candreva’s assist on Mario Balotelli’s goal.

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After Wayne Rooney’s wild kick into the stands, the England team seems to have embarked on a “comedy of errors,” as the ESPN commentators said. After getting a free kick, too, Steven Gerrard couldn’t clinch an equalizer at minute 84.

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Rooney unbelievably booted the corner kick into the stands. And then everyone immediately waited for the Vine.

The Internet obeyed.

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England’s 22-year-old Jack Wilshere comes in for 23-year-old Jordan Henderson and 24-year-old Ciro Immobile (pronounced im-mobile-lay) is in for 23-year-old Mario Balotelli, who scored at minute 50.

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If only Tony Parker would’ve given LeBron James a hand…

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English fans are hoping the 20-year-old Barkley can work some magic.

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The English star’s shot went just wide of the goal.

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Italy's Mario Balotelli, left, celebrates his goal against England with teammate Marco Verratti. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli, left, celebrates his goal against England with teammate Marco Verratti. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

Twenty-one-year-old Marco Verratti is traded for 31-year-old Thiago Motta at minute 57.

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England’s Metro reports physical therapist Gary Lewin “collapsed in agony during a huddle of players.” ESPN later updated viewers, noting he sustained a “dislocated ankle.” Others are calling it a “broken ankle.” Either way, it sounds painful. English fans, however, are relieved it wasn’t a player who got hurt, however.

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No wonder they call him “Super Mario!”

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The Italians lead England 2-1 at 50 minutes in.

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Yep, that looks about right…

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(Steven Goff /The Washington Post)

(Steven Goff /The Washington Post)

Click the link to read Post reporter Steven Goff’s  log of his day of travel from Sao Paulo to Natal to cover the U.S. national team’s game on Monday vs. Ghana. It’s like an epic poem written in free verse.

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