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  • Date:24 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Peter Mokaba Stadium
  • Attendance:34,850
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93:10 +3.10

Edgar Benitez is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Mark Paston.

92:38 +2.38

Foul by Chris Wood on Paulo Da Silva, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Justo Villar.

89:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Lochhead on Edgar Benitez. Free kick crossed left-footed by Claudio Morel Rodriguez, clearance made by Ivan Vicelich.

89:02

Jeremy Brockie challenges Enrique Vera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Claudio Morel Rodriguez crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Tony Lochhead.

88:27

Foul by Chris Wood on Cristian Riveros, free kick awarded. Claudio Morel Rodriguez restarts play with the free kick.

87:18

The ball is swung over by Denis Caniza, Roque Santa Cruz has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

86:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Wood. Free kick taken by Justo Villar.

84:24

Cristian Riveros concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Vicelich. Free kick crossed right-footed by Simon Elliott from left channel, Lucas Barrios makes a clearance.

83:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roque Santa Cruz by Winston Reid. Claudio Morel Rodriguez takes the direct free kick. A cross is delivered by Roque Santa Cruz, save made by Mark Paston.

82:37

Cross/shot by Leo Bertos.

81:46

Edgar Benitez produces a cross, Lucas Barrios has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

78:54

Unfair challenge on Roque Santa Cruz by Tommy Smith results in a free kick. Roque Santa Cruz produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Mark Paston.

78:26

Chris Killen leaves the field to be replaced by Jeremy Brockie.

76:25

Enrique Vera has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

76:04

Enrique Vera handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Paston takes the direct free kick.

75:25

Edgar Benitez takes a shot. Mark Paston makes a save.

74:02

Unfair challenge on Cristian Riveros by Ivan Vicelich results in a free kick. Claudio Morel Rodriguez restarts play with the free kick.

73:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leo Bertos by Edgar Benitez. Free kick taken by Mark Paston.

72:22

Chris Killen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Claudio Morel Rodriguez. Claudio Morel Rodriguez takes the free kick.

71:33

Leo Bertos takes a shot. Victor Caceres gets a block in.

70:45

Victor Caceres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ivan Vicelich. Free kick crossed right-footed by Simon Elliott from left channel, clearance by Julio Caceres.

68:07

Rory Fallon goes off and Chris Wood comes on.

66:41

Lucas Barrios produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

65:27

(Paraguay) makes a substitution, with Lucas Barrios coming on for Oscar Cardozo. Edgar Benitez comes on in place of Nelson Haedo Valdez.

61:07

Corner taken short by Claudio Morel Rodriguez, Cristian Riveros takes a shot. Save by Mark Paston. Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Winston Reid gets a block in. Claudio Morel Rodriguez takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.

58:18

Unfair challenge on Rory Fallon by Julio Caceres results in a free kick. Tony Lochhead takes the free kick.

55:31

Ryan Nelsen challenges Roque Santa Cruz unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Ryan Nelsen for unsporting behaviour. Oscar Cardozo has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

53:14

Nelson Haedo Valdez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Mark Paston.

50:59

Nelson Haedo Valdez fouled by Winston Reid, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Claudio Morel Rodriguez, clearance by Chris Killen.

49:30

The offside flag is raised against Rory Fallon. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Da Silva.

47:52

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Simon Elliott misses to the left of the target.

47:44

Tony Lochhead sends in a cross, clearance made by Denis Caniza.

46:13

Nelson Haedo Valdez produces a cross, clearance made by Tommy Smith.

43:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Julio Caceres on Rory Fallon. Free kick crossed by Simon Elliott.

40:47

Chris Killen fouled by Roque Santa Cruz, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Roque Santa Cruz for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.

39:51

Simon Elliott sends in a cross.

38:07

Effort from just outside the area by Oscar Cardozo goes over the bar.

36:42

Chris Killen concedes a free kick for a foul on Julio Caceres. Free kick taken by Paulo Da Silva.

35:25

The ball is crossed by Leo Bertos, comfortable save by Justo Villar.

34:28

Nelson Haedo Valdez has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Mark Paston makes a save.

31:23

Julio Caceres fouled by Chris Killen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Justo Villar.

30:35

The ball is crossed by Cristian Riveros, Rory Fallon manages to make a clearance.

30:18

Nelson Haedo Valdez fouled by Rory Fallon, the ref awards a free kick. Claudio Morel Rodriguez restarts play with the free kick.

29:29

The ball is delivered by Chris Killen, save by Justo Villar.

28:10

Denis Caniza takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

23:16

Foul by Oscar Cardozo on Ryan Nelsen, free kick awarded. Mark Paston restarts play with the free kick.

21:41

Foul by Nelson Haedo Valdez on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Mark Paston takes the free kick.

20:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Enrique Vera by Tony Lochhead. Victor Caceres takes the direct free kick.

18:17

Victor Caceres takes a shot. Blocked by Winston Reid. Denis Caniza produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

16:53

Effort on goal by Denis Caniza from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

16:28

Rory Fallon challenges Cristian Riveros unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julio Caceres takes the free kick.

15:24

The ball is delivered by Nelson Haedo Valdez.

13:46

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Denis Caniza goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:52

Chris Killen concedes a free kick for a foul on Claudio Morel Rodriguez. Claudio Morel Rodriguez delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Rory Fallon.

11:39

The ball is delivered by Nelson Haedo Valdez.

9:35

Unfair challenge on Rory Fallon by Victor Caceres results in a free kick. Victor Caceres is booked. Tommy Smith crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

8:48

Handball by Claudio Morel Rodriguez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Nelsen from right wing, Foul by Rory Fallon on Victor Caceres, free kick awarded. Justo Villar takes the free kick.

3:58

Shot from just outside the box by Shane Smeltz misses to the right of the goal.

3:19

Cristian Riveros challenges Rory Fallon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Winston Reid.

0:36

The referee penalises Tommy Smith for handball. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Justo Villar, save by Mark Paston.

The referee gets the match started.

It is the end of the first-half.

The second half kicks off.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Martino wary of All Whites Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino is well prepared for the physical battle he expects New Zealand to present in Thursday's final World Cup Group F fixture. The All Whites have earned creditable draws against Slovakia and Italy through sheer hard work allied to a sustained physical presence. Martino's side, who currently top the group and need only a point to progress to the last 16, may play more football but he knows that will be no guarantee come kick-off. "The match is going to be more similar to the match with Slovakia," said Martino, who admitted more than six months ago he knew nothing about New Zealand or their players. "New Zealand have a different style to that of Italy but they also create other types of complications. We have a lot of respect for their physicality as they know how to exploit this. "I can't imagine any coach who is not aware of this. I don't think it is going to be easy in any way." New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert plans to give Paraguay a hard time as his side look to create another piece of history. A draw could be enough to put the All Whites into the second round, providing Italy versus Slovakia finishes in a lower-scoring draw. They have already drawn against the other two teams in Group F but Paraguay pose the greatest threat of them all with their attack-minded side. But having worked hard to get themselves into the position they are now in - on the verge of qualifying for the last-16 for the first time - Herbert is not prepared to let the opportunity slip. "I think it has been an outstanding World Cup. What we have done so far is incredible and it has gone pretty deep back home and we are all really proud," said Herbert. "We haven't been on the world stage for 28 years (New Zealand's only other World Cup appearance saw them lose all three matches and concede 12 goals) and we wanted to be credible and get results - but we have a unique opportunity of taking it on step further. I don't think we will hold back. I think we are competitive - nothing else and no different to a lot of sides at this World Cup."

Formation:4321Manager: Gerardo Martino

Paraguay

Formation: 343Manager: Riki Herbert

New Zealand

  • Justo Villar
  • Claudio Morel Rodriguez
  • Paulo Da Silva
  • Julio Caceres
  • Denis Caniza
  • Enrique Vera
  • Victor Caceres
  • Cristian Riveros
  • Nelson Haedo Valdez
  • Roque Santa Cruz
  • Oscar Cardozo
  • SUBS
  • Diego Barreto
  • Dario Veron
  • Carlos Bonet
  • Edgar Barreto
  • Edgar Benitez
  • Jonathan Santana
  • Aureliano Torres
  • Lucas Barrios
  • Nestor Ortigoza
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Rodolfo Gamarra
  • Aldo Bobadilla

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Match Report

Paraguay finish top as Kiwis bow out New Zealand's World Cup fairytale came to an end at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane after a goalless draw with Paraguay but they return home better for the experience. In the end it was not All White on the night for Ricki Herbert's side as Slovakia's win over Italy meant the Europeans sneaked into second spot. But New Zealand finished Group F unbeaten, having drawn with defending champions Italy and a talented Paraguay team who qualified ahead of Argentina in South America. And another resolute performance by a nation playing at only their second World Cup - the first coming in 1982 when they lost all three matches and conceded 12 goals - will have at least given the fans back home who stayed up for the 2am kick-off New Zealand time something to cheer. New Zealand's game-plan, as it had been all along, was to keep things locked down at the back. Their five-man defence, marshalled by Blackburn's Ryan Nelsen, was supplemented by holding midfielders Ivan Vicelich and Simon Elliot sitting just a few yards in front. Playing for the first time in the tournament in the black shirts so synonymous with the country's rugby team, they began well. Shane Smeltz, who attained hero status by scoring in the 1-1 draw with Italy, blazed wildly over from outside the penalty area in the fifth minute while Middlesbrough's Chris Killen was only inches away from connecting with Elliott's hanging free-kick to the far post. When the space did open up for Paraguay Nelson Valdez overhit his cross from the left while Denis Caniza followed suit with a volley after Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz had lifted the ball over Tony Lochhead. It said a lot about New Zealand's tactics that right-back Caniza was getting all the chances as he hit a 20-yard swerving shot over the angle of crossbar and post and then dropped a dipping drive onto the roof of Mark Paston's net. Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo also blasted over as Paraguay finished the half on top. New Zealand returned early after the interval and it was immediately apparent Herbert had released some of the shackles with Lochhead given more licence to get forward. It almost paid off within three minutes of the restart when the left-back's cross deflected into the path of Elliott whose strike fizzed past Justo Villar's right-hand post. Nelsen was booked for halting the run of former Blackburn team-mate Santa Cruz in the 57th minute but Cardozo's free-kick was disappointing. Paston, who had been relatively untroubled, produced an instinctive save from new Sunderland midfielder Cristian Riveros' diving header as the South American's quality began to tell. His heroics continued as he dived low to his right to parry substitute Edgar Benitez's shot and brilliantly tipped the ball away from Lucas Barrios when he seemed certain to score. The last 10 minutes should have seen the charge of the All White Brigade but they had exerted so much energy in keeping Paraguay at bay there was little left in the tank. But another draw ensured they finished above four-time World Cup winners Italy in third place and that does them great credit, while their opponents finished on top of Group F.

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