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Italy
1
 
1
New Zealand
 0-1S. Smeltz  7'
V. Iaquinta  (Pen)  29' 1-1 
HT: 1-1
Mbombela Stadium (Attendance: 38,229)
Referee: Carlos Batres Gonzalez
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Italy vs. New Zealand
Minute Commentary
96' ITALY 1-1 NEW ZEALAND
Head shaking from the Italians as they depart the field - their 14 players have just taken part in one of the most degrading results in their nation's distinguished football history. Take nothing away from New Zealand though - to a man they expended huge amounts of energy and effort to repel the 2006 champions, none more so than Ryan Nelsen who was practically unbeatable in the heart of their defence. New Zealand, ranked 78th in the world, are incredibly still unbeaten after two games at the World Cup. They, like Italy, need to win their last fixture (against Paraguay and Slovakia respectively) to progress to the knockout stages. A momentous game in Nelspruit finishes Italy 1 New Zealand 1.
95' FULL TIME
It's full time in Nelspruit! New Zealand have rocked the reigning champions - and world football - with a monumental defensive performance. Incredible result.
94' FREE KICK
Chris Wood tracks back to win a free kick in New Zealand's half. That could be that...
93' LATE CHANGE
Chris Killen takes his time leaving the field as Andy Barron gets a minute against the world champions.
92' OVER-HIT
Criscito's cross is criminally over-hit with plenty of blue shirts in the box.
91' ADDED TIME
Just four minutes left for Italy to avoid humiliation.
90' ZAMBROTTA CHANCE
De Rossi sends the gallivanting Zambrotta flying down the right side of the box with a delicious pass. He cuts inside onto his left foot and looks set to drive home - Fabio Grosso style - before Ryan Nelsen gets in a sterling block. I take my hat off to you sir - unbelievably solid defending yet again.
89' MIS CONTROLLED
Zambrotta passes to Camoranesi in the box but the Juventus man mis-controls and it's a goal kick. Another massive cheers from the All Whites in the crowd. Just over a minute to go plus stoppages.
88' GREAT ATTEMPT
The standard of long range shots in this tournament has been very poor, but Mauro Camoranesi forces a great reaction save from Paston from all of 35 yards. Tremendous hit.
87' BOOKING
Not completely sure on this but it appears Ryan Nelsen has been booked, possibly for time wasting. That's despite the fact he's clearly injured and needs to leave the field for a minute or two. If that's true it's a ludicrous decision from the otherwise sensible Guatemalan ref.
86' CELEBRATING
The New Zealand fans, shirt off, are celebrating wildly in the stands.
86' CLAIMED
A huge cheer goes up as Paston claims yet another Italy cross. Ryan Nelsen then drops to the floor - presumably with cramp. The Blackburn defender has been a rock for his side tonight. A true inspiration.
83' JUST WIDE
Now wouldn't that have been a story! New Zealand's third attack of the game and Chris Wood is inches away from beating Marchetti. He leaves Cannavaro on his backside with a brilliant turn in the box before shooting just past the post from 15 yards. Fantastic attempt.
82' CHIELLINI HEADER
We're moving into heartbreak territory here - New Zealand can almost reach out and touch the greatest result in their history. An Italy corner reaches Chiellini at the back stick but he can't find the target with an uncomfortable header.
80' NEW ZEALAND SUB
The throughly impressive Vicelich, who has done a great job of shielding New Zealand's back line, is replaced by Jeremy Christie.
80' DI NATALE SHOT
Di Natale bursts past Vicelich with a searing run before dragging a long ranger wide of the post.
78' PRESSURE
Iaquinta lets a Camoranesi chip into the box bounce when he really needs to smash it first time. The delay gives Smith the chance to recover and concede a corner. That's headed out for another flag kick in front of his own goal by Reid, and from that Camoranesi drives a 20-yarder wide with his left foot.
77' RIGHT MESS
Italy make a right mess of a 35 yard free kick, attempting a training ground triangle of passes which goes awry. Montolivo then clips into the box but the All Whites clear.
75' WORKING HARD
They may be tiring but New Zealand are working harder than ever, desperately trying to get a foot in here there and everywhere. Wood aside, they've got all ten players behind the ball.
72' REID ALL ABOUT IT
Iaquinta and Pazzini try and work something on the break - a controversial attack as Reid is down injured at the other end from a rare New Zealand foray forward. Di Natale then drills a low cross into the box which is cleared for a throw in.
71' NOT CREATING
They may be playing three up front but that's not increasing the rate at which Italy are creating decent chances. Their lack of guile in midfield is startling.
70' GREAT SAVE
Montolivo finds room behind New Zealand's midfield to spank a vicious 25 yard shot towards the bottom corner. Paston sticks out a right arm and diverts the ball away from goal - top save.
70' HANGING ON
Crosses and free kicks into the box galore - it's still all Italy in the Mbombela Stadium - but New Zealand are hanging on for now.
66' GLANCED WIDE
Di Natale picks up the pieces from a Camoranesi free kick, crossing back in to Chiellini who glances wide when well placed. As each chance goes by the heart rate of millions of Italian fans will quicken - time is fast running out for their side to find a winner.
63' VICELICH VOLLEY
Second effort on goal from New Zealand and it's a stunner from Ivan Vicelich, who volleys a thunderbolt a yard past the post from the edge of the box after a long throw isn't properly cleared. That certainly will have woken Marchetti from his slumbers.
63' NEW ZEALAND SUB
Straight swap for the All Whites as West Brom striker Chris Wood, aged 18, comes on for Plymouth's Rory Fallon.
62' ITALY SUB
Sampdoria forward Giampaolo Pazzini replaces midfielder Claudio Marchisio. That's all three subs used by Lippi and we're only just past the hour mark.
61' IAQUINTA CHANCE
De Rossi finds Iaquinta with a sumptuous low pass from deep - through the eye of a needle - but the Juventus striker shoots wide on the turn. Should have done better.
58' BELIEF INCREASING
I'm sure Lippi would much rather score sooner than later, then Italy can revert to what they do best - defending in numbers. The longer this goes on, the more New Zealand will believe they can pull off a monumental result.
56' OFFERING LITTLE
Criscito's low cross is cleared - that's all Italy have offered in the last few minutes. New Zealand are far better at keeping possession in this half.
52' SLOW START
In tempo terms it's been a slow start to the half from Italy but they're totally dominating possession and territory. New Zealand are holed up in their trenches with their sleeves rolled up - it's all about fighting for the draw from their point of view.
49' LOVELY FOOTBALL
Montolivo chips a gorgeous sand wedge into the area - Di Natale latches onto it and his volley over the shoulder has to be punched away by Paston. Lovely football.
46' CHANGES
Just as in their last game, Lippi has called on Mauro Camoranesi and Antonio Di Natale to improve his side's fortunes. Alberto Gilardino and Simone Pepe take an early bath.
46' SECOND HALF
Italy get the ball rolling again.
45' HALF TIME
Fascinating encounter in Nelspruit where New Zealand are holding the reigning champions to a 1-1 draw. The Italians have dominated proceedings but some frantic defending of the last-ditch variety from the All Whites has kept the score down.
45' WITH A FLOURISH
A corner is deflected into the side netting as Italy end the half with a flourish.
45' DE ROSSI SHOT
Zambrotta's low volley is headed for Pepe at the back stick but Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Nelsen gets a foot in the way. De Rossi's powerful long range effort is then well blocked by Paston.
43' COPING BETTER
New Zealand are coping far better now with the constant Italy pressure, pushing further forward and furiously closing down the blue shirts.
42' PAST IT?
Plenty of talk about Italy's 'ageing' side being past it and too old during this tournament. Well the average age of their XI today is 27, compared to 29 for New Zealand.
39' DOMINATING POSSESSION
The pace of the Italian's attacks has subsided somewhat but the boys in blue are still dominating possession.
36' BACK SIX
All about getting to half time still level for Ricki Herbert's boys now. They're practically playing with a back six.
34' ONSLAUGHT
The onslaught continues with Zambrotta and Iaquinta nearly linking up in the New Zealand box. The All Whites can't keep the ball in the Italian half for more than a few seconds at a time.
31' CRISCITO SHOT
Real shame for the All Whites but their defending has been pretty jittery. All credit to Italy who have really increased the tempo in the last 20 minutes. A nervous Smith needlessly concedes a corner, which is cleared to Criscito 25 yards out, but his right-footer clears the bar.
29' ITALY 1-1 NEW ZEALAND
VICENZO IAQUINTA dispatches the penalty with relish, sending Paston the wrong way. A deserved equaliser for Italy.
28' PENALTY!
The pressure gets too much for the All Whites and Tommy Smith in particular, who drags back De Rossi as Criscito floats another cross into the six yard box. Booking for Smith and no complaints.
27' OFF THE POST!
Italy are the width of a post away from equalising. Montolivo is given time and space to crack a low, bouncing 30-yarder smack bang against the post. Somehow it bounces to safety with Gilardino and Iaquinta both ready to tap home a rebound. New Zealand are hanging on.
25' ALL ITALY
This time a Criscito cross causes danger. It's all Italy here.
25' ALL ITALY
This time a Criscito cross causes danger. It's all Italy here.
25' PALMED AWAY
Montolivo's cross is superbly palmed away by Paston ahead of Iaquinta, who is ready to nod home from six yards.
23' DISHING IT OUT
New Zealand are dishing it out against the Italian defenders and for the third time a centre half goes down in an aerial challenge. It's Fallon on Chiellini, but again replays don't prove it to be a malicious challenge, just a stray elbow. Fallon, though, gets a final warning - next time he'll be off.
22' JUST WIDE
Zambrotta has been Italy's best player in the opening 22 minutes and he nearly caps that with a magnificent goal. De Rossi slides in the Milan full back, who has ventured to 30 yards out in a central position. He lets fly and the ball whistles past the angle of post and bar.
19' AIMLESS
De Rossi's aimless through ball is met only with jeers and catcalls from the sizeable crowd. From open play the Italians have offered very little thus far.
17' CHIELLINI CHANCE
Pepe's set piece deliveries are certainly in the 'expert' category. His latest corner reaches Chiellini who it's clear is no attacker - he rushes at a half volley from the left of the six yard box, which clears the bar by some distance.
15' BOOKING
Rory Fallon picks up a very harsh booking for what seems like a fair aerial challenge with Cannavaro.
14' INCOMPREHENSIBLE
It really is an incomprehensible scoreline. New Zealand have only ever qualified for one World Cup before, and lost all three games in 1982. They may lack the superstar skills of Brazil etc, but they more than make up for that in spirit, work ethic and determination.
13' NICE OVERLAP
Zambrotta overlaps nicely down the right flank but his low cross is behind the two Italian forwards in the box.
11' AWFUL DECISION
Smeltz, once of AFC Wimbledon, is so clearly offside for the goal it's untrue. Maybe the linesman wasn't sure if Reid got a touch on the ball - it was slight, but he definitely did. Awful decision.
10' FRANTIC
Italy's urgency levels have already reached frantic. They win another corner but New Zealand get plenty of bodies in front of their keeper again.
9' CARBON COPY
And very nearly a carbon copy at the other end, with Cannavaro's slight flick-on from an inswining free kick batted away by New Zealand keeper Mark Paston.
8' OFFSIDE
It's controversial though - Smeltz was a good yard offside when that free kick was flicked on by Reid.
7' ITALY 0-1 NEW ZEALAND
Saw your jaws to slack - we've got an incredible scoreline on our hands. It's reminiscent of the goal Italy conceded against Paraguay - Simon Elliott sends a deep free kick into the box and it's flicked on to SHANE SMELTZ, who has ghosted in behind the Italian defence, and he slides past Marchetti. World champions Italy 0 New Zealand 1. Absolutely stunning.
4' 4-4-2
Very much a 4-4-2 for Italy today with Iaquinta and Gilardino up front together. They started with more of a 4-3-3 against Paraguay, before a second half switch to 4-4-2 resulted in a big improvement.
2' CORNER
Early corner for the Italians, swung out by Pepe but it comes to nothing. Both sides are playing in their regular home kits - Italy all blue and New Zealand all white.
1' THE REF
Carlos Batres, from Guatemala, is this afternoon's referee. He's been an international official since 1996, so is certainly experienced enough.
1' KICK OFF
And we're underway.
0' TEAMS OUT
I'm an Englishman through and through but sometimes I think I'd happily trade our national anthem for theirs - it's a veritable tour de force! Brilliant tune, sung gustily by players and fans alike in Nelspruit. New Zealand's grandiose affair follows, and we're nearly ready for kick off.
0' NEW ZEALAND LINE UP
New Zealand boss Ricki Herbert also resists the temptation to tinker with his side, naming an unchanged XI from the side which doggedly claimed a 1-1 draw with Slovakia. Full line up: Paston; Reid, Nelsen, Vicelich, Smith; Bertos, Elliott, Lochhead, Fallon; Smeltz, Killen.
0' ITALY LINE UP
Perhaps surprisingly Marcello Lippi keeps an unchanged outfield line up, sticking faith with the ten players who earned a 1-1 draw against Paraguay last time out. That means Messrs Camoranesi and Di Natale remain on the bench, while as expected Federico Marchetti replaces the injured Gianluigi Buffon in goal. Full line up: Marchetti; Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Criscito; De Rossi, Montolivo, Marchisio; Pepe, Gilardino, Iaquinta.
0' WHAT'S AT STAKE?
With two draws in Group F's opening fixtures, a victory for Italy would go a huge way to assuring their knockout stage participation. Also, securing top spot in the group is preferable, with Holland lying in wait for the runners-up.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Gianluigi Buffon is definitely out with a back injury so Federico Marchetti, who replaced Buffon at half time versus Paraguay, will deputise. Mauro Camoranesi and/or Antonio Di Natale could start after impressive sub appearances in that game, but Andrea Pirlo (calf) is out. Midfielder Tim Brown returns for New Zealand after a shoulder injury.
0' INTRO
After an unconvincing display in their 1-1 draw with Paraguay last week, Italy know that nothing but a win will do against World Cup minnows New Zealand in Nelspruit today. Underestimating the All-Whites would be a dangerous game for the 2006 champions, with Germany, France and Spain all suffering shock defeats already in what is fast becoming a wide open tournament.
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Teams
Italy
(4-4-2)
Federico Marchetti12
Gianluca Zambrotta19
Fabio Cannavaro5
Giorgio Chiellini4
Domenico Criscito3
46' Simone Pepe7
Daniele De Rossi6
Riccardo Montolivo22
61' Claudio Marchisio15
29' Vincenzo Iaquinta9
46' Alberto Gilardino11
Substitutes
Morgan De Sanctis14
Gianluigi Buffon1
Christian Maggio2
Salvatore Bocchetti13
Leonardo Bonucci23
46' Mauro Camoranesi16
Gennaro Iván Gattuso8
Andrea Pirlo21
Angelo Palombo17
46' Antonio Di Natale10
61' Giampaolo Pazzini20
Fabio Quagliarella18
New Zealand
(4-5-1)
1Mark Paston
4Winston Reid
6Ryan Nelsen 87'
5Ivan Vicelich 81'
19Tommy Smith 28'
14Rory Fallon 14' 63'
11Leo Bertos
7Simon Elliott
3Tony Lochhead
10Christopher Killen 90'
9Shane Smeltz 7' 
Substitutes
23James Bannatyne
18Andrew Boyens
2Ben Sigmund
13Andrew Barron 90'
21Jeremy Christie 81'
15Michael McGlinchey
16Aaron Clapham
17David Mulligan
8Tim Brown
20Chris Wood 63'
22Jeremy Brockie
Team Stats
Italy New Zealand
1 Goals 1
0 Assists 0
23 Shots 3
7 Shots on Goal 1
0 Saves 5
1 Penalties Scored 0
1 Penalty Kicks 0
35 Crosses 5
15 Corner Kicks 0
1 Offsides 1
11 Fouls Committed 25
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
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Italy
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
12F. Marchetti - 0 0 1 0
3D. Criscito 0 0 0 - -
4G. Chiellini 0 0 0 - -
5F. Cannavaro 0 0 0 - -
6D. De Rossi 0 0 0 - -
7S. Pepe 0 0 0 - -
9V. Iaquinta 1 0 0 - -
11A. Gilardino 0 0 0 - -
15C. Marchisio 0 0 0 - -
19G. Zambrotta 0 0 0 - -
22R. Montolivo 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
10A. Di Natale 0 0 0 - -
16M. Camoranesi 0 0 0 - -
20G. Pazzini 0 0 0 - -

New Zealand
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1M. Paston - 0 0 1 5
3T. Lochhead 0 0 0 - -
4W. Reid 0 0 0 - -
5I. Vicelich 0 0 0 - -
6R. Nelsen 0 1 0 - -
7S. Elliott 0 0 0 - -
9S. Smeltz 1 0 0 - -
10C. Killen 0 0 0 - -
11L. Bertos 0 0 0 - -
14R. Fallon 0 1 0 - -
19T. Smith 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
13A. Barron 0 0 0 - -
20C. Wood 0 0 0 - -
21J. Christie 0 0 0 - -
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CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
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YCYellow Cards
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