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Monday, June 21, 2010

Italy 1-1 New Zealand

The Line-Ups:

Italy: 12-Federico Marchetti 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, 7-Simone Pepe, 11-Alberto Gilardino

New Zealand: 1-Mark Paston; 4-Winston Reid, 6-Ryan Nelsen, 5-Ivan Vicelich, 19-Tommy Smith, 3-Tony Lochhead, 11-Leo Bertos, 7-Simon Elliot, 10-Chris Killen, 14-Rory Fallon, 9-Shane Smeltz.

Go figure…The Italians once again had a slip up in a major competition and do not even look like they are defending the title they held but hopefully that will able to change in the last day…or not!

Some players from New Zealand are currently unattached, some have parallel jobs and there is even a player that got released from a non-league team three years ago. That’s some insight on the players that ensemble the Kiwis.

Discipline, team spirit and capitalizing the chances once they had it are the ingredients that cooked a romantic view of New Zealand approach in this match.

Smeltz once released by Halifax Town a team that is based in a non-professional league in England got the chance to be an instant national hero scoring a goal that put the Kiwis ahead in the match after a mistake by the defensive line of Italy very similar like they did in the Paraguay match.

The referees of this World Cup started perfectly the competition but with the time going by they started to commit huge mistakes. Take a look in this match. The goal from Smeltz comes from his offside position and we were seven minutes into the game, then 29 minutes and Iaquinta convert s the penalty that never was a penalty otherwise if you roll back into the United States match that they got a draw against Slovenia not just the American third potential goal is not preceded by offside and minimally it was penalty in the some play.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Winston Reid

Italy 1-1 New Zealand (Highlights)

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