England defeated in World Cup opener

England put on a thrilling display of attacking football in their World Cup opener in Manaus but emerged with a 2-1 defeat thanks to Mario Balotelli's winning header.

Joe Hart reacts after England's loss to Italy in Manaus.
Joe Hart reacts after England's loss to Italy in Manaus. Credit: Reuters

Balotelli scored the decisive goal five minutes into the second half after Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out a Claudio Marchisio effort.

However, England's World Cup is not over just yet, especially with Costa Rica having beaten Uruguay in the other Group D fixture.

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Ghana send Muntari and Boateng home from World Cup 'for indiscipline'

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been expelled from Ghana's World Cup squad for disciplinary problems. The announcement comes just hours before Ghana play Portugal in their crucial final game in Group D.