Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa

Referee: Carlos Batres | Attendance: 38229

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  • Vincenzo Iaquinta 29' PEN

1 - 1


New Zealand

  • Shane Smeltz 7'
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  • 94'

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  • 94'

    Italy struggled to create anything against one of the lowest ranked teams at the tournament. Can they recover from this?

  • 94'

    The biggest result in New Zealand's football history. They were immense.

  • 94'

    FULL TIME New Zealand draw with the World Champions!

  • 93'

    Wood has battled well since he came on. He earns a free kick and that should be enough...

  • 92'

    Wood brings the ball down, he over hits his through ball to Bertos. They won't care, the balls in Italy's half.

  • 92'

    Barron on for Killen

  • 91'

    Criscito swings in a wayward ball, New Zealand are so so close.

  • 90'


  • 90'

    Ryan Nelsen is at it again! Zambrotta has his volleyed blocked. Can they hang on?

  • 88'

    The corner is again wasted by Italy, Iaquinta tamely heading wide.

  • 87'

    Camoranesi fires in from 30 yards, Paston watches it all the way and turns it around the post for a corner.

  • 86'

    Ryan Nelsen booked for time wasting.

  • 85'

    New Zealand have defended set pieces excellently. Their defence have been heroic. So have their midfield....and their strikers.

  • 84'

    The corners keep coming for Italy, Di Natale over the latest one.

  • 82'

    Wood nearly wins it for New Zealand! Excellent control, he turns Cannavaro and fires a shot inches wide. Almost a dream come true for Wood!

  • 81'

    New Zealand concede another corner, Chiellini heads off target yet again.

  • 80'

    New Zealand only 10 minutes away.

  • 80'

    Christie on for Vicelich

  • 79'

    From the corner Chiellini's header is deflected for yet another corner. The latest attempt falls to Camoranesi who drags a low shot wide.

  • 77'

    Nearly for Italy! The ball is dinked over to Iaquinta, as he looks to pull the trigger Tommy Smith appears and clears for a corner. Excellent.

  • 76'

    Italy try a clever free kick and only succeed in confusing themselves. The eventual ball in is easily gathered by Paston.

  • 75'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    New Zealand to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Camoranesi puts the ball in the box but Reid clears again. Only 15 minutes to go, Italy free kick 30 yards from goal.

  • 74'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Italy have conceded two goals from the only two shots on target against them at this World Cup.

  • 73'

    Smeltz controls a ball up field and wins a throw. He's battled hard for his team today.

  • 72'

    Winston Reid is down in the Italian box. Italy play on and nearly take the lead. The ball breaks to Di Natale who fires across goal, but his cross hits the brick wall that is Ryan Nelsen.

  • 70'

    Twenty minutes to go. New Zealand are getting closer...

  • 69'

    Save by Paston! Montolivo drifted into the space between New Zealand's defence and midfield. He hits a sweet strike which Paston gets a solid right hand to.

  • 68'

    Poor delivery, hit low straight at Vicelich. Italy work a corner but again Bertos gets on the end of it.

  • 68'

    Leo Bertos tugs down Montolivo, another dangerous free kick for Italy.

  • 67'

    New Zealand starting to drop deeper now, inviting the Italians onto them. Could be a dangerous tactic.

  • 66'

    Riccardo Montolivo rues a missed chance.

  • 66'

    The corner is well defended by the resolute New Zealand defence. They've been excellent.

  • 65'

    Free kick from deep by Camoranesi, Paston gets a good punch on the ball. Di Natale whips it in and Chiellini's effort is deflected wide for a corner.

  • 64'

    Corner to Italy and it's woeful from Montolivo. Out for a throw on the opposite side of the pitch.

  • 63'

    Great effort from Vicelich! A throw in arrives to him on the half volley and he smashes it just wide. New Zealand are under half an hour away from a draw.

  • 62'

    Wisely Fallon is withdrawn with the booking to his name, can Chris Wood write his name in World Cup history?

  • 60'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    New Zealand to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Chris Wood on for Rory Fallon

  • 60'

    Gianpaolo Pazzini on for Marchisio

  • 59'

    Incredible through ball from De Rossi, from the halfway line he slides in Iaquinta who can only fire wide.

  • 58'

    Criscito is the latest player to go down in an attempt to get Rory Fallon sent off. It's not impressive at all.

  • 58'

    You would have expected an Italian onslaught in this second half, but New Zealand are playing excellently, and even looking to attack.

  • 57'

    Smith heads the ball away confidently and Italy start again from the back.

  • 56'

    Free kick in a dangerous area for Italy. Lochhead barges Camoranesi off the ball.

  • 55'

    Winston Reid is down for New Zealand, he's slowly getting to his feet and should be fine.

  • 54'

    New Zealand's first spell of possession for a long time. They'll need to keep the ball to relieve this constant Italy pressure.

  • 53'

    Di Natale almost in behind for Italy. His excellent take is blocked by Reid.

  • 51'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Alberto Gilardino had that fewest touches of any Italian player in the first half and attempted no shots.

  • 50'

    Italy force the corner after Zambrotta launches another forray down the right. Smeltz heads clear and New Zealand survive.

  • 49'

    Free kick Italy, De Rossi's delivery is headed away by Chris Killen.

  • 48'

    Montolivo's ball in is floating towards Iaquinta, until Ryan Nelsen heads clear. Moments later, Di Natale volleys straight at Paston from a tight angle.

  • 47'

    New Zealand applying a small amount of pressure at the start of the second half. They'll look to avoid conceding another early in the half.

  • 45'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    New Zealand to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Really positive play from Killen. He takes on two Italian players before Chiellini is forced to concede a throw.

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Italy start the second half.

  • 45'

    Camoranesi and Di Natale on for Gilardino and Pepe

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Italy had 17 touches in the opponent's box during the 1st half, while New Zealand had only two.

  • 45'

    For Italy, they need to score in the second half to avoid a humiliating draw.

  • 45'

    Can New Zealand hold out for 45 more minutes to claim a monumental point?

  • 45'

    Vincenzo Iaquinta celebrates scoring a penalty.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME What a 45 minutes! New Zealand get to the break on level terms.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    A thunderous drive from De Rossi! Paston does well to palm away for a corner. Gilardino gets his head on the corner but can only find the side netting.

  • 43'

    There's some needle in this one. The early exchanges between Fallon and Cannavaro seem to have got everybody wound up!

  • 42'

    For all their possession, Italy are struggling to create any clear cut chances. New Zealand can't wait for the half time whistle.

  • 41'

    Zambrotta comes forward again, he swings the ball to Pepe at the back post who's offside. New Zealand looking relatively comfortable at the moment.

  • 39'

    The free kick is cleared to Bertos who runs the ball out of play. From the throw, the ball is launched into the box, where Montolivo fouls and it's a free kick to New Zealand.

  • 38'

    De Rossi goes down under the challenge of Killen. Free kick Italy.

  • 37'

    The ball with Elliot as New Zealand try and keep possession. He'll be key in the centre of midfield when New Zealand have the ball.

  • 36'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Vincenzo Iaquinta's equalizer was the result of the first ever penalty kick surrendered by New Zealand at the World Cup.

  • 35'

    New Zealand have managed to keep their focus here, they've weathered a bit of an Italian storm.

  • 33'

    Neat link-up play between Zambrotta and Iaquinta. Tommy Smith manages to intercept before Zambrotta can get in the penalty area.

  • 32'

    This is a test for New Zealand now, Italy have got their tails up and will want to settle this one sooner rather than later.

  • 30'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    New Zealand to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    The corners come all the way out to Criscito, who's shot is well wide.

  • 30'

    New Zealand have to be careful now, they'll need to stay strong until the break. Smith concedes a nervy corner.

  • 28'

    GOAL FOR ITALY Iaquinta slots home the penalty. New Zealand will be far from happy with the award of the spot kick.

  • 27'

    Tommy Smith for pulling back De Rossi. I'm not convinced.

  • 27'


  • 26'

    So close Montolivo! A delighful drive from fully 30 yards. His low shot cannons off the post and out to safety. So close for Italy.

  • 25'

    The ball is coming into the box from Italy, but New Zealand are dealing with it for the moment.

  • 24'

    Montolivo tries to pick out Iaquinta at the far post, Paston at full stretch gets a finger tip to it to protect New Zealand's lead.

  • 24'

    Shane Smeltz celebrates his goal.

  • 23'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Italy have not lost any of their last four WC matches in which they have allowed the first goal.

  • 22'

    Chiellini the latest to go down after clashing with Fallon. The Italian centre backs are not covering themselves in glory here.

  • 21'

    Zambrotta bursts forward in typical fashion, his long range shot just over. Slightly better from the Azzuri.

  • 19'

    Cannavaro is down again holding his chest. He seems to be determined to get New Zealand players in the book.

  • 18'

    New Zealand hammering the ball down field everytime it arrives in their box. Real no nonsense defending.

  • 17'

    Stat Attack: Shane Smeltz was the top scorer in the Australian A-League last term with 19 goals & scored the most for New Zealand in qualifying - eight.

  • 16'

    What a chance for Chiellini! Cannavaro knocks the ball into Chiellini's path, his awkward half-volley floats over.

  • 16'

    Italy's third corner.

  • 15'

    Italy to win, with bet365  
    New Zealand to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    The Italian players look rattled and aggitated here, all credit to New Zealand.

  • 13'

    Rory Fallon gets his name taken after a successful campaign by Gianluca Zambrotta.

  • 13'

    Cannavaro goes down clutching his face, despite Rory Fallon's elbow being nowhere near it.

  • 13'

    Italy pressing but New Zealand are holding firm, that early goal has really boosted their confidence.

  • 11'

    Bertos does well down the right chasing onto a cross-field ball from Elliot, unfortunately he runs the ball out of play.

  • 9'

    Italy have responded well to going behind, another corner is sent in and causes panic in the New Zealand defence. They manage to scramble clear and their lead is still intact.

  • 8'

    Italy almost hit back immediately! Montolivo sends in a free kick that somehow evades Cannavaro and Gilardino.

  • 8'

    More than a hint of offside about the goal. What a shock that goal is!

  • 6'

    GOAL!!! Shane Smeltz scores for the All Whites!!! A free kick is swung in, the ball is flicked on and Cannavaro can only divert the ball for Smeltz to tap in!

  • 5'

    ESPN Stats & Info: New Zealand has conceded an average of 3.25 goals per game in the World Cup finals and has scored only once in its last three matches.

  • 4'

    Zambrotta is down holding his head after clashing with Rory Fallon's elbow. No malice in the challenge from Fallon.

  • 3'

    First offsde of the afternoon, given against Alberto Gilardino.

  • 3'

    Iaquinta heads clear and the danger passes.

  • 2'

    They deal with their first test well, clearing to Chris Killen who draws a foul. A chance to get the ball in the Italian box for the All Whites.

  • 1'

    Italy corner, New Zealand need to concentrate here.


    Marchetti gets an early touch of the ball. Collect a long clearance, then allowing Paston to get an early touch, thumping his kick all the way through to his opposite number.


    KICK OFF New Zealand start the game.


    An Italy fan shows her support.


    ESPN Stats & Info: The Azzurri?s second choice keeper Federico Marchetti, who is replacing the injured Gianluigi Buffon, has kept four clean sheets in six caps so far.


    ESPN Stats & Info: Italy has lost only one of its last 21 meetings against non-European sides in the World Cup finals (2-1 vs South Korea in 2002).


    The teams are in the tunnel. Let's hope New Zealand can give a good account of themselves here.


    With Buffon being such a commanding presence in the Italian team, there may be a slim chance for New Zealand to exploit any uncertainty between defence and goalkeeper.


    The big news ahead of the game for Italy is the inclusion of Federico Marchetti as a replacement for the injured Gianluigi Buffon.


    Despite the gulf in class between the teams, it was a suprisingly tight encounter when they last met, with Italy scraping a 4-3 victory.


    New Zealand face a massive test here in Nelspruit. Up against the World Champions Italy, the All Whites will have to be at their absolute best to stand a chance of getting anything out of this one.


    Join us at 14.00 GMT to see if Italy can find their scoring touch against New Zealand.



Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Italy

  • 23(7)

  • 13

  • 11

  • 57%


  • New Zealand

  • 3(1)

  • 14

  • 25

Match Stats

  • Italy
  • New Zealand
23(7) Shots (on goal) 3(1)
11 Fouls 25
15 Corner kicks 0
1 Offsides 1
57% Time of Possession 43%
0 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 5

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