• Date: Sun 20 June 2010
  • Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Ref: Batres, C
  • Attendance: 38,229


Iaquinta (29) P

1 - 1
New Zealand

New Zealand

Smeltz (7)

Italy vs New Zealand

Team Lineups


Federico Marchetti
Domenico Criscito
Giorgio Chiellini
Fabio Cannavaro
Gianluca Zambrotta
Daniele de Rossi
Claudio Marchisio (Giampaolo Pazzini, 61)
Riccardo Montolivo
Simone Pepe (Mauro German Camoranesi, 46)
Vincenzo Iaquinta
Alberto Gilardino (Antonio Di Natale, 46)

New Zealand

Mark Paston
Tony Lochhead
Winston Reid
Ivan Vicelich (Jeremy Christie, 81)
Ryan Nelsen
Tommy Smith
Simon Elliott
Leo Bertos
Shane Smeltz
Chris Killen (Andy Barron, 90)
Rory Fallon (Chris Wood, 63)

Match Report
World Cup outsiders New Zealand produced an outstanding display to hold reigning champions Italy to a 1-1 draw in Nelspruit that leaves Group F wide open. Marcello Lippi's team were dire, but that should not take any credit away from the All Whites, who were superb throughout the 90 minutes. Indeed Italy needed a contentious penalty to salvage a point after former Halifax Town striker Shane Smeltz had put New Zealand ahead. There is now a real danger that European quintet France, England, Germany, Spain and Italy could all fail to progress to the last 16 of the competition. The Italians had to come from behind to grab a draw against Paraguay in their first group game while the All Whites snatched a goal at the death as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia, but there were few people who predicted New Zealand would share two goals with the 2006 world champions. The All Whites were certainly not over-awed as they pushed forward in the early stages. Incredibly a seventh-minute free-kick was flicked on for Smeltz, who looked suspiciously offside, to poke the ball home. Italy piled forward searching for an instant response and Giorgio Chiellini lofted the ball over the bar before Gianluca Zambrotta lifted a shot over Mark Paston but, unfortunately for the reigning world champions, also just wide of the target. In the 27th minute Riccardo Montolivo let fly and, although the shot beat Paston, it came back into play after cannoning back off a post. Two minutes later, Lippi's team were handed a lifeline when Tommy Smith was harshly adjudged to have tugged at Daniele de Rossi's shirt inside the area and Vincenzo Iaquinta sent Paston the wrong way from the penalty spot. Domenico Criscito then fired a shot way over the bar as Italy looked for a second goal but, if anything, New Zealand improved defensively in the second half. There was a half-chance for Iaquinta who was unable to turn his shot goalwards, while Chiellini flicked a header wide. But the closest Italy came to grabbing a winner came with 18 minutes left when Paston was forced to make his best save of the game, diving full length to keep out Montolivo's goalbound effort. Indeed New Zealand almost snatched a dramatic winner with seven minutes left, when teenage substitute Chris Wood lashed a shot past Federico Marchetti only to see the ball whistle just wide. Italy looked devoid of ideas as they chased the game in the last few minutes and badly missed the likes of an Alessandro del Piero, Antonio Cassano, Francesco Totti or even Andrea Pirlo.
Live Text Commentary
Full time



What a result for New Zealand. Italy have been poor but the All Whites were superb.


At this rate France, England, Spain, Germany and Italy are all in danger of failing to move out of the group stage.


The All Whites play the clock down as Chris Killen makes way for Andy Barron.


Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.


Nelsen's in the right place to block another Zambrotta shot. That one looked as though it was going to burst the back of the net.


Paston keeps Camoranesi's 30-yard drive out as Italy come again.

Yellow Card

For some reason the referee books Nelsen. The only possibility is for time-wasting which seems very harsh.


The outstanding Nelsen needs treatment. He refuses the stretcher and is OK to play on.


Almost a winner for New Zealand as Wood lashes a shot past Federico Marchetti only to see it whistle just wide.


Chiellini, at the far post, heads a corner wide when he should really have pulled it back into the danger area.


Jeremy Christie comes on for Vicelich as New Zealand look to hold on for another draw.


Camoranesi fires wide as the game moves into the final ten minutes.


Reid heads Iaquinta's goalbound effort away for a corner as Italy at last start to increase the tempo.


How Italy need a del Piero, a Cassano, a Totti. They really are an unimaginative outfit.


Italy's display is not quite as bad as England's against Algeria but it's not far off. They seem devoid of ideas and creativity.


Winston Reid needs treatment after appearing to be caught in the face by Chiellini.


Nelsen's in the right place again to lash the ball away from danger.


Great save by Paston, his best of the game, as he dives full length to keep out Riccardo Montolivo's goalbound effort.


Only 20 minutes left now and still no sign of Italy stepping things up.


Italy never look like steam-rollering teams. They'll be happy with a 2-1 victory here.


Chiellini flicks a header wide as Italy increase the tempo again. The minutes are ticking by though.


What a strike by Ivan Vicelich who lashes a long-range volley inches wide.


New Zealand make their first substitution with Chris Wood replacing Fallon.


A third change by Italy as Claudio Marchisio, who has been anonymous, makes way for Giampaolo Pazzini.


Half-chance for Iaquinta who is unable to turn his shot goalwards.


Leo Bertos goes on a good run down the right as New Zealand break well.


Camoranesi's free-kick comes to nothing though as New Zealand continue to look solid and well-organised defensively.


Tony Lochhead concedes a silly free-kick in a dangerous position by barging Camoranesi in the back.


Better by Italy until Ryan Nelsen gets in the way.


It's turning into a game of Italy attacking and New Zealand defending but Lippi's team do not appear to have the invention to create too many chances even against what is supposed to be one of the weakest teams in the competition.


Paston punches di Natale's cross-cum-shot away.


The All Whites have started the second half brightly. They're certainly not as bad as everyone had predicted.


Italy will need to improve if they're to even win this game, let alone go much further in the tournament.


... and Mauro Camoranesi replaces Pepe.


Lippi has made a couple of changes at half time. Alberto Gilardino makes way for Antonio di Natale...

Second half

Italy get the second half underway.

Half time



Smart stop by Paston who denies de Rossi a second Italy goal on the stroke of half time.


To be honest Italy don't look very good. At this stage of the tournament it's Argentina that have produced the best two performances and their defence has looked suspect, so it's still anyone's to win.


Iaquinta and Pepe try to create an opening on the edge of the box but the move eventually breaks down.


Italy remain the masters at winning free-kicks for fairly innocuous challenges.


Italy are finding it hard to break New Zealand down. Maybe the All Whites will tire in the later stages.


Poor effort by de Rossi who fires a shot far too high.


Italy are trying to be patient but New Zealand continue to defend doggedly.


Domenico Criscito lifts a shot way over the bar as Italy look a for a second goal.


It was a pretty soft penalty and you do wonder if it would have been given if it was at the other end of the pitch.


ITALY 1-1 NEW ZEALAND. No problem for VINCENZO IAQUINTA who sends Paston the wrong way from the spot.

Yellow Card

Tommy Smith is booked for tugging Daniele de Rossi's shirt and it's a penalty.


That was close as Riccardo Montolivo lets fly. The ball definitely bends on its way past Paston but then comes back into play off the post.


The way Italy are playing, possibly the only way they're going to win this game is if the All Whites are reduced to ten men.


Chiellini is rolling around in agony after appearing to be hit in the face by Fallon's elbow. Replays suggest the Italian was doing his best to get Fallon sent off though.


Better by Italy as Zambrotta lifts a shot over Mark Paston but, unfortunately for the reigning world champions, also just wide of the target.


Lippi is looking a little desperate on the sidelines. There's no sign of an equaliser just yet.


Pepe's corner causes confusion in the All Whites penalty area but Giorgio Chiellini lots the ball over the bar.


New Zealand aren't just sitting back, they're taking the game to Italy when they can.

Yellow Card

Rory Fallon goes into the referee's notebook after tangling with Fabio Cannavaro.


The 2006 world champions behind to a team that includes unknown former Conference players - what a story.


New Zealand look calm in possession and seem determined not to be pushovers.


Italy pile forward searching for an instant response.


There have been some shocks in South Africa so far but this would undoubtedly be the biggest if New Zealand continue like this.


ITALY 0-1 NEW ZEALAND. Superb stuff as the free-kick is flicked on for SHANE SMELTZ, looking suspiciously offside, to poke the ball home.


The All Whites are certainly not over-awed as they win a free-kick.


Gianluca Zambrotta is caught by Simon Elliott but is able to continue after a brief delay.


Simone Pepe's corner comes to nothing though.


Italy win an early corner.


New Zealand get the match underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert has named an unchanged starting line-up from the Slovakia match.

Awaiting Kickoff

Marcello Lippi has been forced to bring in Cagliari's Federico Marchetti for injured first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and has opted to pair Vincenzo Iaquinta with Alberto Gilardino in attack.

Awaiting Kickoff

The Italians had to come from behind to grab a draw against Paraguay in their first group game while the All Whites snatched a goal at the death as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia.

Awaiting Kickoff

Italy can take a massive step towards reaching the last 16 of the World Cup with victory against New Zealand.