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06/14/2014 07:40 pm ET Updated Jun 14, 2014

Mario Balotelli's Super Goal Lifted Italy Over England In His World Cup Debut (VIDEO)

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Mario Balotelli isn't wasting any time making this a World Cup to remember.

The mercurial Italy striker scored his first career World Cup goal to send Italy to a 2-1 win over England as the two European powers in Group D battled in the Amazon on Saturday. With the teams deadlocked at a goal apiece in the 50th minute in Manaus, Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva delivered a pin-point, right-left cross that Balotelli met near the far post. The 23-year-old who got engaged shortly after arriving in Brazil, nodded the ball past England goalkeeper Joe Hart to stake Italy to a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish.

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