Andrea Pirlo, Italy's shining light, was the 'Pirla' who destroyed England's dreams.
Yet despite the obsession with the man and the tactical ideas taken on board to limit his impact, nothing stopped the wizard from controlling the game and creating the plays to lead Italy to a 2-1 win over a determined England.
It was clear looking at the starting line-ups how each team would look to play the game. Italy with their two directors in midfield were looking to boss the game, keep position and maintain their composure -- striking only when they carved out the perfect opportunity. As for England, they yearned for proactive football and were determined to expose the lack of mobility and pace in Italy's defence.
With four attackers blessed with the ability to win back possession, dribble past players and pull off remarkable attacking passages of play, England were desperate for goals.
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