Group F – Game 4 – Italy versus New Zealand

They dive so much they need SCUBA gear

PEEEEEEEEEP PEEEEP. WOW…what a result. That could be the upset of the tournament so far. Paraguay on top of the group!

91:00 – Paston catches a nice high ball. Can’t believe he turned professional at 26!

4 minutes of added time

88:00 – Camoranesi tries a long distance shot but Paston clears it for an upteenth corner for Italy. Nothing comes from it.

83:00 – Wood was ever so close. He juggles the ball just outside the penalty area, gets around the his defenders and sends a shot inches, nay millimeters wide.

80:00 – Wave upon wave of Italians are attacking and the all whites defense are feeling it. Christie is coming on for New Zealand, Vicelich off.

77:00 - New Zealand’s defense stifles Italys free kick and Italy getting frustrated

70:00 – Montolivo takes a cracking shot but Paston is more than up for the challenge as he dives and saves with one hand. Great stuff.

69:00 – Italy get a free kick in a dangerous area but De Rossi’s shot goes straight into the wall

64:00 - Off a bad clearance New Zealand send in a rocket shot that is inches wide.

58:00 – The first thing I hear is Darke saying how pathetic the Italians are for play acting…heh! I guess it must be happening a lot for the commentators to harp on it.

Catching this game two thirds in and its all tied up.

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19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Hercules3076 on 2010/06/20 at 8:20 AM

    Yes, that was a bad acting on the part of Italy. This should be an interesting last 30 minutes.

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  2. Posted by MJ on 2010/06/20 at 8:31 AM

    The kicker is the PK was for a soft foul to be given such a consequence. Credit to NZ (though I almost wish they would have) for not just bunkering in after their goal but still making forays forward.

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    • Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/20 at 8:33 AM

      Agree MJ. He did have some jersey but that was not PK. Pulling for NZ and I’m half Italian!

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    • Posted by Hercules3076 on 2010/06/20 at 8:34 AM

      Apparently the NZ goal was offsides as well. So, I guess this is what they mean by things leveling out….

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      • Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/20 at 8:37 AM

        True it did look like NZ’s goal could have been offside.

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        • Posted by MJ on 2010/06/20 at 9:16 AM

          Replay showed it took a deflection off the last Italian defender before the Kiwi strike, so it becomes fair. Whether or not the ref saw that or just didn’t see the nearly-offsides, the result is fair.

          See that Coulibany or whomever from Mali was one of the linesmen?

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    • Posted by Hercules3076 on 2010/06/20 at 8:35 AM

      Oh, and yes…Go New Zealand. Think about it…1 MLS player, 1 USL-1 player for NZ.

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  3. Posted by KMac on 2010/06/20 at 8:36 AM

    Two cups in a row, a 1-1 tie with an underdog again! Go Kiwis!

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  4. NZ goal was NOT offsides… player that scored was not involved in the initial play at the time of the kick. The ball bounced off Cannavaro thus putting everyone in play. Tap in goal.

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  5. Posted by Hercules3076 on 2010/06/20 at 8:55 AM

    This leaves it that a win and New Zealand is through to the next round, and could win the group!

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  6. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 9:02 AM

    This was a great game. The NZ goal came on a free kick. The ball was played in and a NZ player flicked it on. When he did, the NZ scorer was in an offside position, it hits off Cannavaro, and he puts it in the back of the net.

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  7. Posted by Boston Spurs on 2010/06/20 at 9:17 AM

    With this result, potentially looking at round of 16 matches of: Argentina v Mexico, England v Germany, Netherlands v Italy and Brazil v Spain.

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  8. Posted by Rob on 2010/06/20 at 9:27 AM

    Anyone else notice our good buddy Koman Colibalilelaylay checking the subs equipment before they went on? DEMOTED!

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    • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 11:06 AM

      I saw this, but I don’t think it had anything to do with Friday’s game. They announcers said before the game started that another center ref (maybe from our 1st game) had been a 4th official in his next game.

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  9. Posted by Gino on 2010/06/20 at 9:53 AM

    As if anything else could possibly top this story, did you see ESPN’s story about the French meltdown? Un-freakin believable! Watching that video of Domenech trying to intervene between the team trainer and Evra, I actually felt bad for Domenech. What a fiasco! There’s so much that can be said about why this is happening and how it could have been averted, but to me THIS is the story of the tournament. I don’t watch reality shows but now I see what all the fuss is about. This is like Faces of Death in cleats.

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  10. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/20 at 10:28 AM

    I was amused by the french fiasco at first, but now it’s gone past funny and is just sad. This goes beyond Domenech. The entire Federation responsible for deciding to keep Domenech obviously needs to go. Someone needs to step in and declare some kind of truce within that team so they can at least put themselves together for a final game.
    So classy of L’quipe to splash that headline across the country.
    There are implosions that are funny, but this is dirty laundry that makes you uncomfortable to watch.

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