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Monday, June 14, 2010

Italy 1-1 Paraguay

Italy 1-1 Paraguay (de Rossi; Alcaraz)

Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 19-Gianluca Zambrotta, 5-Fabio Cannavaro, 4-Giorgio Chiellini, 3-Domenico Criscito; 22-Riccardo Montolivo, 6-Daniele De Rossi, 15-Claudio Marchisio; 9-Vincenzo Iaquinta, 11-Alberto Gilardino, 7-Simone Pepe

Paraguay: 1-Justo Villar; 6-Carlos Bonet, 14-Paulo Da Silva, 3-Claudio Morel, 13-Enrique Vera, 15-Victor Caceres, 16-Cristian Riveros, 17-Aureliano Torres, 18-Nelson Valdez, 19-Lucas Barrios, 21-Antolin Alcaraz.

38 minutes and a special free-kick by Paraguay sees them leading against Italy. Torres curls it to Alcaraz to jump higher than anyone inside of the box even with opposition of two Italian defenders, but he was effective. 1-0 Paraguay.

A first half that sees Italy trailing behind at the expense of a high pressure in the field by Paraguay’s strategy and that took advantage when they had the chance through that free-kick. Rain is not helping either but on a positive view it has brought a quicker game that can potentially bring more goals.

63 minutes and De Rossi makes it again…after being the hero of Italy back in the 2006 World Cup he gets to South Africa to lead Italy. Huge mistake by the goalkeeper Villar and de Rossi just taps in with the goal wide open.

MAN OF THE MATCH - Montolivo

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