Thanks for joining us for the competitive return of the Maracana, and Andrea Pirlo's 100th international match - the line-ups are in for Spain-Uruguay, so head over to our LIVE match commentary where we'll take you through the action.
FULL TIME: It's all over here in Rio as Gli Azzurri continued their dominance against Mexico with a win confirmed by their star frontman Mario Balotelli. The AC Milan forward had been a thorn in the side of the Mexicans throughout the match, and he helped Andrea Pirlo cap his 100th international with a win.
GOAL FOR ITALY! BALOTELLI (Italy) uses his power and pace to see off F.RODRIGUEZ (Mexico) before hammering past J.CORONA (Mexico) in the Mexico goal. The AC Milan striker replicates his now trademark celebration by removing his shirt.
As we head into the final 15 minutes at the Maracana, Italy continue to control possession, but Mexico look dangerous on the counter-attack. Giovani DOS SANTOS (Mexico) attempts a cross but BARZAGLI (Italy) knocks it behind, the resulting corner is cleared and comes to nothing.