Marchisio, Pirlo Happy To Get First Win
Italy's midfield duo Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo believe it was important that they got off to the right start.
Marchisio opened the scoring in the the 35th minute, while Daniel Sturridge equalised a minute later, before Mario Balotello popped up with the winner early in the second half.
And the Juventus duo outlined the importance of the victory.
“It was important to start with a win, especially on a day in which playing football was difficult,” said Marchisio
“In certain moments, due to the hot temperature, it felt like we were having hallucinations.
“The team showed a big character and, in the last minutes, we held firm to get this win.
“We have seen that each game is difficult. The win doesn’t mean that we’ve already overcome the group stage. We have seen what happened in the Uruguay game.”
Pirlo meanwhile, was a key figure for Azzuri in the win and the 35-year-old believes the win has given them confidence.
Pirlo added: “We have been courageous. We wanted to play in a good way and I think we have played a great game.
“We have suffered, but the hot climate was incredible.
“It was an important win that gives us confidence. Italy must know that we are a strong side, despite the difficulties and that we must continue in this way.”