Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

Referee: Benito Archundia Tellez | Attendance: 62869

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  • Daniele de Rossi 63'

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  • Antolín Alcaraz 39'
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  • 93'

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  • 93'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Green Point Stadium: Italy didn't really have a Plan B, and Paraguay were far too conservative, they could have played their natural game and got more rewards.

  • 93'

    Italy were much better in the second-half and I wouldn't be surprised to see the likes of Camoranesi starting the next match.

  • 93'

    But there is no time! The ref blows for full-time and Italy have to settle for a 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

  • 93'

    Di Natale is crowded out as he attempts to get one final cross into the box.

  • 92'

    Vera has a chnace to break for Paraguay. He over-runs the ball and Chiellini makes the tackle. The ref says it was a foul, but it never was.

  • 91'

    Villar takes his time over a goalkick as Paraguay hope to hang on for a draw.

  • 90'

    The board goes up to show three minutes of added time.

  • 89'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Eight of Italy's last 13 World Cup finals goals have come from set-pieces.

  • 88'

    Di Natale uses his arm to keep Italy in possession. He should really be booked for that but the ref lets him off.

  • 87'

    Camoranesi thought he had won a corner for Itlay but the ref disagrees and awards a goalkick.

  • 86'

    Iaquinta beats his man and attempts to find Di Natale with his cross. His delivery is just a touch behind the striker.

  • 85', just a corner.

  • 85'

    Italy with a freekick on the left... can they get a winner?

  • 84'

    Daniele De Rossi celebrates the equaliser.

  • 82'

    Pepe passes inside to Montolivo, who looks up and shoots from 30-yards out.... close but no cigar!

  • 81'

    Morel delivers the corner to the near post, Cardozo flicks it on, but Cannavaro clears for Italy.

  • 80'

    Criscito concedes a corner.

  • 79'

    Di Natale collects the ball on the left, cuts inside on his right foot and fires off a shot straight at the keeper. He did well until the final shot.

  • 78'

    Pepe whips in the corner. This time the keeper Villar comes and collects the ball for Paraguay.

  • 77'

    Di Natale attempts a cheeky back-heel that results in a corner.

  • 76'

    SUB: Barrios has run his race and on comes Cardozo. Both strikers have now been replaced for Paraguay.

  • 75'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Green Point Stadium: Italy seem to be stepping up a gear - there's life in the old dogs yet!

  • 73'

    Criscito gallops the length of the pitch to chase down a pass. The left-back has plenty of running left in him.

  • 72'

    Maybe Di Natale will have more joy against Paraguay's centre-backs.

  • 71'

    SUB: that will be Gilardino's last contribution. He is replaced by Di Natale.

  • 69'

    Chiellini goes direct to Gilardino but Da Silva and Alcaraz have dealt with that threat all match.

  • 68'

    SUB: Paraguay make a change. Santa Cruz comes on for Valdez.

  • 67'

    Italy can smell the victory. They are fighting hard.

  • 66'

    YELLOW CARD: In all the excitment of the goal Caceres was booked for Paraguay

  • 65'

    Montolivo falls over in the box after going shoulder to shoulder with Riveros. No penalty.

  • 64'

    Italy deserved that goal. They have put the pressure on Paraguay and switched to two up top.

  • 63'

    The keeper Villar came out to collect the ball and got nowhere near it!

  • 62'

    GOAL: ...De Rossi meets Pepe's delivery at the back post and bundles the ball in from close-range.

  • 62'

    Pepe whips in a corner...

  • 61'

    Zambrotta jinks his way past two midfielders and fires off a speculative shot that is easily blocked.

  • 60'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 59'

    SUB: Torres goes off for Paraguay and is replaced by Santana.

  • 58'

    Camoranesi's first contribution is to whip in a cross that Paraguay keeper Villar does well to pluck out of the air.

  • 57'

    SUB: Camoranesi comes on for Marchisio.

  • 56'

    Pepe plays a clever through-ball to Iaquinta, who has the chance to cross first time but decides to try and beat the defender once more and fails to do so.

  • 55'

    The Italians have raised the pace of their game and it seems to be making a difference.

  • 54'

    Montolivo cuts inside and shoots from 20-yards out. His effort is straight at the keeper but at least Italy are knocking on the door.

  • 52'

    Zambrotta crosses from the right to the far post. Pepe attempts a scissor-kick but strikes nothing but fresh air.

  • 51'

    Valdez takes a tumble in the box, but nothing doing from the ref.

  • 50'

    Chiellini hauls down Valdez. Freekick to Paraguay in the centre circle.

  • 49'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Marchetti (68.4%) managed a better saves to shots ratio than Buffon (66.3%) in Serie A this season.

  • 48'

    Torres faces up to Cannavaro on the flank. The Paraguay midfielder panics a little and just kicks the ball away, rather than take on the Italy captain.

  • 47'

    Marchiso whips in a cross. The Paraguay goalscorer Alcaraz heads clear.

  • 46'

    It looks like more of the same from Paraguay. Pepe has moved out to the left flank for Itlay.

  • 46'

    SUB: It looks like Italy have made a change but it is not the one we expected. Buffon has been replaced by Marchetti in goal.

  • 45'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    There has been much talk about Quagliarella's possible impact in the build up to the World Cup, maybe Lippi will give forward a chance as his side need to get a goal.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Paraguay had touched the ball in the Italian goal area only twice before their goal.

  • 45'

    The vuvuzela is being drowned out by the rain, but what do you make of it? Firdose Moonda thinks it should be banned.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Italy conceded only two goals in seven games at the 2006 World Cup and seven of their 12 goals came from set pieces. Italy only conceded the first goal of the match in 2006 in the final against France.

  • 45'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Green Point Stadium: ''Italy have to come out, and Paraguay can be quick on the counter, might not be the end of the scoring!''

  • 45'

    That's it for the first half. Somehow Italy trail 1-0 to Paraguay.

  • 45'

    Villar hoofs the ball down the pitch. Cannavaro takes ride on Barrios' back as he tries to head it but the ref doesn't give the foul.

  • 44'

    Pepe is unhappy with Morel for some reason and runs across the pitch to wag a finger in his face.

  • 43'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Possibly as a result of the conditions Italy's passing accuracy is 70.3%. In 60 World Cup matches since 1966 Italy has averaged 79.3%.

  • 42'

    Cannavaro slips on the wet turf under pressure from Barrios and is slow to get up. He is okay though.

  • 41'

    That was really against the run of play and Italy really have to re-group now.

  • 39'

    The centre-back Alcaraez came up from the back for the freekick and outjumped his marker De Rossi to head home.

  • 38'

    GOAL: Alcaraz heads in the freekick.

  • 37'

    Valdez wins a cheap freekick from Chiellini. Paraguay have a chance to get the ball inot the box...

  • 36'

    Riveros puts Zambrotta under pressure at the back. The veteran defender sucks in the winger and then flicks the ball over his desparing challenge. Great stuff!

  • 35'

    Pepe and Zambrotta work the right flank. Zambrotta darts into the box but the return pass from Pepe is a poor one.

  • 34'

    Italy keep possession.

  • 33'

    De Rossi and Montolivo play some intricate stuff in a congested midfield but then the ball is given away far too easily.

  • 31'

    Italy coach Lippi is out of his seat scratching his head.

  • 30'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Italy are certainly the better side at the moment but they have not created a clear goalscoring chance as yet.

  • 29'

    Montolivo scoops a pass to the back post. Pepe wins the header against Morel, but the flag is up for offside.

  • 27'

    Alcaraz scoops the ball out from his own six-yard box from an Italian corner. Good defending under pressure.

  • 26'

    Italy attack at pace. Criscito has space to cross on the left but once again the final ball is of poor quality. That has been the story of the half for Italy.

  • 25'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Paraguay have never scored from a corner in WC finals (1966-present).

  • 24'

    Morel clips the ball down the line for Torres. The left winger is offside.

  • 23'

    Valdez controls a crossed ball on the edge of the Italian box, but Cannavaro snaps into the tackle and clears the danger.

  • 22'

    A game of football is threatening to break out now.

  • 21'

    Barrios takes snap shot from the edge of the box for Paraguay, but his effort goes wide.

  • 20'

    Montolivo breaks for Italy from the corner, he panics a bit as he gets within about 25-yards of goal and fires off a poor shot that trickles through to Villar in goal.

  • 19'

    Valdez wins a corner for Paraguay. Torres takes it short and then whips in a cross that is put behind for another corner.

  • 18'

    ESPN Stats & Info: At the ten minute mark Paraguay had only completed nine passes in the attacking half of the pitch.

  • 18'

    Zambrotta gallops down the right. The defender looks up and whips in a cross that is just a touch too high for Gilardino to reach.

  • 17'

    Cannavaro steps out of the back four to make an interception and then continues forward... there is nothing wrong with the old man's legs.

  • 16'

    Iaquinta takes a quick freekick. Bonet struggles to clear and the ball drops for Gilardino to shoot... but the flag is up for offside.

  • 15'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 14'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Green Point Stadium: ''This must be a record for the Mexican Wave - it's less than 15 minutes gone!''

  • 13'

    De Rossi attempts to combine with Zambrotta again, but his pass skips off the wet grass and runs out of play before the marauding defender can reach it.

  • 12'

    Paraguay manage four passes before Morel hoofs it down the pitch to nobody.

  • 11'

    Pepe shoves Torres in the back as he attempts to head in a cross and the ref blows for a foul... of which there have been many.

  • 9'

    De Rossi scythes through the midfield and is then hacked down off the ball by Caceres, who escapes without a booking.

  • 8'

    Well, there is not much football going on at the moment. Paraguay are very cautious and Italy are playing very direct.

  • 7'

    Gilardino flicks on a lump up the pitch by Zambrotta but it comes to nothing. Italy attack again.

  • 6'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Paraguay has won only one of their last 11 World Cup matches against European sides.

  • 5'

    The game is very scrappy at the moment. Iaquinta races down the left flank but his cross is hooked clear by Caceres.

  • 4'

    De Rossi hits it long towards the lone striker Gilardino, who is sandwiched between the two Paraguay centre-backs.

  • 3'

    Paraguay defend it well.

  • 3'

    De Rossi works the right flnak with the veteran Zambrotta and the duo win the first corner of the match.

  • 2'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Green Point Stadium: ''What is Italy's Plan B? Especially if they need a goal... We may find out soon.''

  • 1'

    And we are off. It's not long before a we have an injury. Montolivio is clutching his leg after a tackle from Riveros. It should have been a card.


    Italy will kick-off. Playing from left to right in their familiar blue and white strip.


    Gilardino will lead the line for Italy. Barrios and Valdez make two up top for Paraguay.


    The anthems are over the vuvuzelas have started. The players shake hands, take off tracksuits and take their positions.


    ESPN Stats & Info: Italy has won both previous meetings with Paraguay including a 2-0 win in the group stages of the 1950 World Cup.


    The anthems are blaring and the anticipation is rising at the Green Point Stadium.


    Oscar Cardozo and Roque Santa Cruz are both missing for Paraguay, so Lucas Barrios will have to carry the fight to the reigning World Champions.


    There will be much focus on Italian No.22 Riccardo Montolivo, who fills in for injured playmaker Andrea Pirlo.


    This game starts at 18.30GMT so join us shortly before then for the full match coverage. Check out the feature on Italy's preparations.


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Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Italy

  • 10(5)

  • 31

  • 15

  • 57%


  • Paraguay

  • 7(1)

  • 24

  • 14

Match Stats

  • Italy
  • Paraguay
10(5) Shots (on goal) 7(1)
15 Fouls 14
8 Corner kicks 4
3 Offsides 5
57% Time of Possession 43%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 4

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