Italy beat Ghana 2-0 in their opening game, as they did en route to the title in 2006, thanks to a two-minute, two-goal salvo in the opening stages of the second-half.
Ghana were the team looking most likely to score during the first-half, with Nathaniel Asamoah and Jordan Ayew creating chances for each other, but unable to finish them.
Italy reorganised at the break, dropping a fifth man in to the midfield while Rossi and Giovinco pressed on the flanks. Ten minutes after the interval, it paid off. Ghana dithered clearing their lines, twice being caught in possession around the penalty area.
Italian captain Daniele de Rossi eventually played the ball into Giuseppe Rossi who took a touch twenty-five yards out before lashing a low shot into the far bottom corner past Daniel Agyei for the opening goal.
Ninety seconds after the restart, and after losing the ball in their opponents’ half, Ghana didn’t close down the impressive Sebastian Giovinco who brought the ball forwards forty yards before picking out De Rossi whose shot was deflected wide.
Giovinco whipped the corner in low with pace and Fernando Forestieri met it on the half-volley twelve yards out, finding the back of the net past a stunned Ghanaian defence for his second international goal.
A bouyed Italy pressed for a third to kill off their lacklustre opponents in the final half-hour but couldn’t make another breakthrough. They play Chile on Sunday knowing a win will see them progress to the last sixteen.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 14: GROUP F GHANA 0-2 ITALY Rossi 55 Forestieri 57 Brasilia
GROUP F P W D L F A GD Pts 1. Italy 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 =. Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 3. Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0 =. Ghana 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0