There's some perspective. 64' Van der Vaart Before this vibrant encounter at the Mbombela Stadium, Italy coach Marcello Lippi had identified New Zealand's aerial threat as the main danger to his team - and that warning proved prophetic within just seven minutes. And I'm sure the Irish feel rightly aggrieved that they lost their place in the World Cup for this nonsense.".

Copyright © 2020 BBC. Look at them celebrating! From manud: "FFF delegate Valentin just said 'players don't want to train, I'm sick of it, I'm resigning and flying back to Paris'. Chris Wood does brilliantly to nick the ball past the Italy captain, and from about 18 yards to the left of the area the sub arrows a superb shot inches past the far post. Yep, we've got a game on our hands now. Italy are dominating, but their tempo has just dropped a touch since the goal, which Marcello Lippi will probably not be happy about. Should they only manage a draw, then New Zealand - 2000-1 to win the World Cup before the tournament started - could deny them with victory over Paraguay in their final Group F match. Not before time, too. "You don't want to see New Zealand sit back, they should just attack like they have been doing. Match report: Slovakia – Italy, 24 June 2010,!&oldid=4154663, Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, Stadium: Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, This is a complete or partial translation of the article ".

Love it!". They're acting like spoilt divas! ", "Think of the World Cup disappointment this country has suffered in other sports and then you see the sheer, unadultered delight we are witnessing here among about 1,500 New Zealand fans in Nelspruit. He had to get time off work for this tournement. "I thought some of the decisions were quite strange and that's why I took Rory Fallon off. From RKW - Bred Pole: "Shane Smeltz - I used to watch you week in, week out at The Shay, now you've got the goal that has rattled the world champions - fantastic!". Italy are just pumping aimless balls into the New Zealand box, they haven't run out of ideas so much as they just haven't got any. There are so many sentences I never thought I'd write appearing at this World Cup.

Hoping Sugarfoot can score again against the Italians. More from the France crisis: "France refused to train on Sunday because of striker Nicolas Anelka's expulsion, according to a letter written by them and read out to the media by coach Raymond Domenech. This page is archived, and is no longer publicly editable. The focus here is most certainly on events from Nelspruit, but this is the World Cup and the floor’s all yours.

Tommy Smith booked for the foul on Daniele De Rossi. I'm leaving the federation. New Zealand are going to face wave after wave of Italian attacks now - a corner falls to Domenico Criscito on the edge of the box, but after coming inside on to his right foot he spoons a wild shot miles over.

In their opening games, these two enjoyed contrasting fortunes.

I'm sickened and disgusted.". 83' Quagliarella I'd say this game is being played at a slow pace, but there isn't any pace to it at the moment. BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty. ", On Twitter: "France team in mutiny. Italy coach Marcello Lippi has paired Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alberto Gilardino up front in a 4-4-2 formation for their second Group F fixture, while Cagliari's Federico Marchetti comes in for the injured first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Now, clearly I can’t stop you talking about all things England, and why would I want to? ", From wjousts: "As much schadenfreude as I get from the French implosion, I do feel bad for the French fans that have travelled all the way to South Africa for this shameful display of clashing egos. ", "Undoubtedly from a technical point of view we shouldn't fear them but we have to be wary of their physicality and their heading ability, they are all very tall. 26' Nagatomo On Thursday at 1500 BST at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Italy take on Slovakia knowing only a victory can assure them of their place in the last 16. After 81 minutes, the Azzuri (Italy) were down by two goals, both struck by Róbert Vittek, when they got one back. New Zealand have a free-kick inside their own half and we have got seconds left. It's unacceptable. My word. I'm French and I've never been more ashamed at my team. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ - Matches - Italy - Paraguay The angle of their crosses isn't giving the forwards a chance, no-one is getting to the byeline and pulling it back. It's absolutely extraordinary.". Got a correction? From siddharth248: "Go Kiwis... you can get a draw from this one, Italy are way beyond their mark this time. They get better every time you hear them. The final opportunity fell to Italy as Argentine-born Camoranesi forced another decent stop from Paston - but destiny was on New Zealand's side and, on the balance of chances if not ther amount of possession, they fully deserved to take their World Cup points tally to two following their opening draw with Slovakia. A little over a year ago in Atteridgeville, a township in Pretoria, Italy and New Zealand met in a friendly match which turned into an absolute thriller. It's astonishing. Marcello Lippi is really not happy as he makes his third and final change just after the hour mark in Nelspruit. Despite struggling to retain possession, New Zealand nearly took an unlikely lead when Ivan Vicelich lashed a fierce volley just wide. ", "This team's done an incredibly good job at putting football in New Zealand back in a marvellous place. The runners-up the Republic of Ireland entered the UEFA play-off stage. They are crossing from too deep, that's Italy's problem. New Zealand shouldn't get too disheartened. Could it be for time-wasting?

Whining about making a meal of it is pointless, yeah he does make more of it... but that's not the point. Didn't get hold of it at all.

A little over a year ago in Atteridgeville, a township in Pretoria, Italy and New Zealand met in a friendly match which turned into an absolute thriller. Fifa president Sepp Blatter watches on, already looking a teeny tiny bit underwhelmed.

Domenico Criscito whacks a cross out of play from the left and about four of his team-mates go mental at him. The Azzurri pressed hard for three points in a pulsating second half, but the All Whites stood firm and could have snatched a remarkable victory had 18-year-old West Brom forward Chris Wood not guided a late left-foot shot just wide of the post. Italy and New Zealand are level at the interval in Nelspruit. De Rossi goes to ground, referee Carlos Batres points to the spot and Smith is cautioned.

Italy scored their second goal in the closing moments of the game, but it wasn't enough, and the Azzuri were out of the tournament. I think the quality of set-pieces in this tournament has been of an extremely poor standard.

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