England women endured a losing start to their UEFA European Championship campaign after being reduced to 10 players in the first half.

Hope Powell's side had Casey Stoney sent off just half an hour into the match in Lahti and faced an uphill struggle from that point. Fara Williams put England ahead, however, only for Patrizia Panico and Alessia Tuttino to turn the game on its head and secure a win for the Italians.

After 28 minutes of entertaining action England were hit by the dismissal of Stoney, who was adjudged to have denied Melanie Gabbiadini a goalscoring chance when challenging the Italian forward. Nothing came from the resulting free-kick and it was England who went in front after 38 minutes when the lively Karen Carney won a penalty which Williams converted.

Panico levelled 11 minutes after the break, however, firing past goalkeeper Rachel Brown after Katie Chapman failed to cut out a cross. Italy looked to press home their advantage from that point and Tuttino completed the turnaround, blasting the ball home from 30 yards.

England face Russia on Friday in Helsinki.