Greece is playing a possession game, advancing up the field methodically. A smart move against a team that likes to attack aggressively.
Of course Greece now attempts a 30 year pass that goes out of bounds.
The stadium is is sea of yellow, I guess it helps to share a border with the World Cup host country.
Some Greece's first touches are a little sloppy, unlike the Dutch last night where they and the ball seemed to be magnetized.
Columbia's Ibarbo makes a nice run but is stoned inside the box,
Carlos Sanchez gets the first yellow card of the game for tripping.
Greece free kick, but the header goes wide left.
Teofilo Gutierez goes off for treatment for cut to forehead.
Greece's Samaras takes a shot from the left wing but it hits the post.
Costa Rica's Ruiz drops in a nice free kick and at the far post, Muslera has to make a save. Fairly routine in the end, but that's the best chance for Costa Rica so far.
GOAL COSTA RICA. Campbell leaves Muslera stranded with a hard half-volley from a deep right cross. Game on!
Uruguay seem rattled. First yellow card of the game goes to Walter Gargano for a tackle on Ruiz. Now Costa Rica have a dangerous free kick.
COSTA RICA SCORE!!!
Wow. Ruiz floats looping ball from a fairly central right spot to the far post. And Duarte gets down low to drive a solid header past Muslera. The Costa Rican's erupt!
No Uruguay make two changes. Forlan is off, Lodeiro is on. Gargano is off and Gonzales is on.
Good work by England. Henderson combines with Welbeck down the right. Welbeck plays it back to Gerrard, who sprays it wide left to Sterling. Sterling hits a flat cross through the six yard box, but nobody can get a foot to it. Had they, it'd have been a goal.
And another chance for England. Welbeck gets to the byline and almost gets it to Sturridge for a tap in. But Chillieni deflects it over Sturridge for a corner. The ball is lose in the six yard box and England win another corner. Baine takes it, Sigigu spills it but collects. Italy need to tighten things up asap.
Rooney makes his first significant contribution. He wins a freekick from a Totti foul. Gerrard's delivery goes straight to Sirigu.
GOAL! England escape a dangerous ball over the top that is turned back across the goalmouth. Italy are moving the ball around the back four and Pirlo, then quickly moving it wide. They win a corner. The corner is taken short, Prilo plays a great dummy and Marchisio scores with a low-first time strike.
GOAL! ENGLAND SCORE. Sterling cuts down the left and plays a great ball to Sturridge. A side-footed half volley levels it. Amazing, immediate response.
I don't think I've ever seen this before. After the goal, the England physio was stretchered off.
And Italy almost go ahead twice! First Balotelli chips a stranded Joe Hart and Jagielka heads it off the line and then Hart is forces to a low saved that comes off his near post.
Half-time. Brb, going to take a quaalude.
Pirlo also had 74 touches. Not bad for a guy who barely moved above a canter for most of the half.
It's all starting again! England kick off, play it bakc to Johnson then build an attack. They win a throw deep on the left. Baines, Welbeck, and Sterling trying to pass their way through but can't.
Sturridge has a shot from distance as he cuts in on his left foot. Sigiu pushes it wide and Rooney picks it up adn wins a corner. Baines take it and it bypasses everyone and is out for a goal kick.
GOAL! Italy attack down the right flank, Damian crosses to Balotelli and he beats Cahill to nod it in.
England attack right back and Strurridge gets into the box, but loses the ball. Welbeck goes down and some English players appeal for a penalty. It's not given and Italy move into full momentum-killing possession mode.
Great pass from Sturridge to Johnson wide who puts in a low cross but no white shirts can get to it. England are back on the attack and win a corner.
Gerrard takes the corner, and de Rossi clears, but Rooney finds Welbeck in the box. Welbeck chests it down to an underlapping Gerrard who surges to goal but is tackled.
Sub for Italy: Veratti off, Motta on.
The Italian fans are chanting ole as their team keeps the ball. A cross is aimed for Balotelli and he almost gets to it, but Hart collects. At the other end, Sturridge hits a shot wide.
A sub England fans will be excited about: Barkley on, Welbeck off.