MANAUS, Brazil -- Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup. The Italy striker was left free by his marker Gary Cahill and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 50th minute. Claudio Marchisio scored first for Italy, sending a long shot through a crowded area and past a diving Hart in the 35th. Daniel Sturridge equalized for England two minutes later, tapping in a cross from Wayne Rooney. The win puts Italy in a strong position to qualify for the second round, and leaves England with plenty to do in its remaining two matches. In the other Group D match, Costa Rica beat Uruguay 3-1, giving the 2010 semifinalists a similarly difficult task to advance. Balotelli nearly scored another in first-half injury time, running deep into the area and enticing Hart to come off his line. The Italy striker stopped, looked toward goal and sent a chip over the keepers head -- only for Phil Jagielka to clear by heading the ball over the bar. Englands attack-minded lineup made frequent runs into the Italy area throughout the match, and came close to scoring several times. The best of the chances came in the 24th when Danny Welbeck sent the ball across the front of goal but Andrea Barzagli was able to slide in and tip the ball up in the air. Raheem Sterling, who had been running in from the left, jumped for the header but couldnt reach it, letting the ball go past him as he tumbled into the net. Italy played without the injured Gianluigi Buffon. The 36-year-old Italy goalkeeper, who can play in his fourth World Cup if he is able to recover from an ankle problem, was replaced by Salvatore Sirigu. The PSG keeper stepped up and made several good saves, but the best may have come in the 77th when he dived to his left to block a free kick from Leighton Baines. The match was played in the Amazonian city of Manaus, the most exotic of the 12 World Cup venues for this years tournament. According to FIFA, it was 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) with humidity at a relatively low 61 per cent for the match. While none of the players appeared to be affected by the heat, there was an injury on the England bench when team physio Gary Lewin dislocated his ankle while celebrating Sturridges goal. England and Italy were playing each other at the World Cup for only the second time. They also met in the third-place match at the 1990 World Cup, with the Italians also winning 2-1. Brayden Point Jersey . Case in point: LeBron James vs. Ben McLemore. James was driving to the rim in the first quarter and McLemore decided to try to take the charge, which was quite admirable and predictably futile. Ryan McDonagh Jersey . 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The Packers, Lions and Bears were a combined 35-15 and as long as Jay Cutler can say healthy, all three could make the playoffs in 2012.Raymond van Barneveld continued his return to form at the World Grand Prix with victory over Benito van de Pas, setting up a semi-final with Gary Anderson . The Dutch darting legend came out on top in a battle with his fellow countryman to seal a first World Grand Prix last four spot since 2010.Barney is a two-time runner-up in Dublin, losing to Phil Taylor in 2008 and 2009, but he remains on course for a maiden triumph in the tournament having lost just one leg against Van de Pas who seemed overawed by the nature of a major quarter-final. Van Barneveld, who is yet to drop a set in his three matches this week, raced through the first set before Van de Pas stirred in the second only for Barney to put his foot on the accelerator and seal a semi-final spot with a dominant display. Thursdays Quarter-Final results Dave Chisnall 3-1 Daryl Gurney Benito van de Pas 0-3 Raymond van Barneveld Michael van Gerwen (1) 3-1 Simon Whitlock Gary Anderson (2) 3-1 Kim Huybrechts World Grand Prix recap - as it happened Recap of all the quarter-final action Up next for RVB will be Gary Anderson, the two-time world champion is another who is yet to triumph in the event but he matched his best-ever performance in the unique double-to-start tournament with a win over Kim Huybrechts.The Flying Scotsman reached the last four in 2014 and he will hope to go one better this year, but he will need to improve on a sloppy display against Belgiums Huybrechts, who raced through the opening set 3-0 to seize the initiative.But Anderson has learnt to win despite not being at his best and he reeled off eight of the next ten legs to move to the brink of the match, a run that included brilliant 124 and 141 check-outs. Gary Anderson made hard wwork of beating Kim Huybrechts to set up a semi-final meeting with Raymond van Barneveld at the World Grand Prix Also into the last four is world number one Michael van Gerwen and he remains on course to add to the Premier League, UK Open and World Matchplay titles he has already won this year.ddddddddddddMVG lost to Robert Thornton in last years final in Dublin, his third final in the last four years at the Citywest hotel, having claimed the title in 2012 and 2014.And he looks good value to add a third Grand Prix crown to his ever-growing list having averaged a tournament-best 103 to come through a high-quality match against a resurgent Simon Whitlock. Michael van Gerwen beat a resurgent Simon Whitlock 3-1 to set up a semi-final meeting with Dave Chisnall at the World Grand Prix The Aussie hit back to claim the second set having seen Van Gerwen take the opener and despite levelling the match, Whitlock could not quite match Mighty Mikes scoring power and the Dutchman moved into a semi-final clash with Dave Chisnall.Chizzy kicked off the evenings action with an impressive performance to end the hopes of Northern Irelands Daryl Gurney.Chisnall proved too strong for Gurney, who gave a decent account of himself in his second major quarter-final, and having lost the opening two sets, hit back to claim the third set.But Chisnall, Grand Prix runner-up in 2013, kept his cool and eased through the fourth set to move into the last four of a major tournament for the first time this year.You can follow all the action from Fridays semi-finals with our live blog and on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm. 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