Yesterday Italy played its first match in the Brazil World Cup defeating England 2-1.
Brazil and Italy are the first two soccer superpowers, with five and four World Cups respectively.
Italy has therefore the opportunity to reach Brazil, but it knows already that it will very difficult to defeat it as a host country. The first match played by Brazil against Croatia already showed some bias in favor of the former by the referees. It’s not unusual for the host country to get this kind of help. During the 2002 World Cup, hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan, referees blatantly favored South Korea, which reach the semi-finals only to be beaten by Germany.