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  • Iaquinta (29 pen)
  • Smeltz (7)
  • Date:2010-06-20
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Attendance:38229
  • Referee:Batres, C

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: ITALY 1-1 NEW ZEALAND.

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

90mins

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.

89mins

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

87mins

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

85mins

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

83mins

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

83mins

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

81mins

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

80mins

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

79mins

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

78mins

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

76mins

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.

74mins

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

73mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

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

68mins

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

66mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

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

61mins

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

60mins

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

59mins

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

58mins

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

56mins

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

55mins

Better by Italy until Ryan Nelsen gets in the way.

53mins

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.

51mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

... and Mauro Camoranesi replaces Pepe.

46mins

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

46mins

Italy get the second half underway.

45mins

Half Time: ITALY 1-1 NEW ZEALAND.

45mins

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

44mins

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.

42mins

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

40mins

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

38mins

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

36mins

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

34mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

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.

29mins

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

28mins

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

27mins

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.

25mins

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.

23mins

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.

21mins

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

19mins

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

17mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

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

13mins

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

12mins

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

10mins

Italy pile forward searching for an instant response.

9mins

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

7mins

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.

6mins

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

5mins

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

3mins

Simone Pepe's corner comes to nothing though.

2mins

Italy win an early corner.

1mins

New Zealand get the match underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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


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.

Italy

New Zealand

Corners

150

Fouls

1224

Goal attempts

Shots off target

122

Offsides

12

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