Published On: Mon, Jun 16th, 2014

England vs Italy to go down in World Cup history

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mario balotelli italy’s win over on Saturday night will go down in World Cup history as the game with the greatest passing accuracy made by the one team.

Passing statistics have been recorded since the 1966 World Cup and the Azzurri have beaten a record set by Denmark in 1986.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy completed 554 successful passes with 93.19 per cent accuracy in their 2-1 win against England in Manaus.

Denmark were previous record holders, who achieved a passing accuracy of 92.72 per cent when they defeated Uruguay 6-1 in their 1986 World Cup match in Mexico.

Italy’s passing quality was also higher than possession-heavy teams like Chile and Spain at this World Cup. La Roja completed 523 successful passes in their 3-1 win against Australia and La Furia Roja completed 521 successful passes in their 5-1 loss to the Netherlands.

Before the encounter against the Three Lions, the Azzurri’s most successful passing completion rate was 88.3 per cent in the 1-1 draw against Cameroon in the 1982 World Cup.

Italy’s win against England also prompted La Gazzetta dello Sport to refer to the Azzurri’s possession-based game against the English as “TikItalia”.

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Vito Doria

- I come from Melbourne, Australia and I am a Sport Journalism student at La Trobe University. Followed Juventus as a child when Fabrizio Ravanelli played there but carried a soft spot for Sampdoria once I heard about them. The surname says it all. Switched fully to the Sampdoria cause in recent years once Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini arrived. You can follow me on Twitter: @VitoCDoria

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