Three minutes in and Italy are on the break - Balotelli picks the ball up outside the area but Giancarlo González makes a superb sliding challenge!
Vinny, it allows their wing-backs to stretch the play, sitting back when needed and breaking if they get the chance.
taka tiki, I'd agree about that, although people know how good Muller is. He's at Bayern, and United wanted him.
Italy completed 92.2% of its passes in the opener, highest pass pct. by any team in World Cup game since 1966.
Now then, Óscar Duarte clearly drags down Claudio Marchisio on the wing, and should be booked, but the referee says 'no more' and just gives the free kick. Surely a booking!
Yeltsin Tejeda breaks down the left and wins a corner - nice wing play, that.
Dru, surely a draw suits then?
The corner comes in and the usually dependable Gigi Buffon comes and gets absolutely nowhere near it, with Celso Borges heading over the open goal from six yards. A massive chance, that.
Udyat, that made me laugh!
Matt, welcome! I'm not too sure about referees giving the benefit of the doubt early on, as to Godin yesterday - the match is 90 minutes, and players should be prepared from the first whistle.
Shep, they're definitely right up there.
TJ, he'll make headlines for as long as he plays for his off-field antics as much as what he does on the pitch. That and the constant speculation regarding moves, like Zlatan.