Category Archives: Group F

Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand

Paraguay sealed a place in the last sixteen of the World Cup after this drab draw. New Zealand began the match with a chance of qualifying themselves but were unable to reproduce the form that secured draws against Slovakia and … Continue reading

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Slovakia 3-2 Italy

You are Italy. You have won the World Cup four times. You are the holders, having beaten France in the 2006 final. You are the country of Zoff, Rossi, Baresi, Maldini, Del Piero, Meazza. Yet you are going home, humbled … Continue reading

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Italy 1-1 New Zealand

Were it not for Switzerland’s victory over Spain this would be the shock of the tournament so far. New Zealand were excellent holding Italy here and might have won it at the death, young West Brom forward Chris Wood firing … Continue reading

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Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay

Paraguay put one foot in the second round of the World Cup with an impressive attacking display over a disappointing Slovakia side that puts them top of Group F going into the final round of matches. Slovakia were barely recognisable … Continue reading

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New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia

A header from Winston Reid deep into injury time rescued a draw for New Zealand, earning the nation its first ever World Cup point. This was another 1-1 draw but a much better game than the scoreline suggests. A Slovakia … Continue reading

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Italy 1-1 Paraguay

Paraguay came so close to giving the tournament its first major shock, but it was not to be. While Italy coach Marcelo Lippi has many things to worry about, he will take comfort in the resilience his side showed to … Continue reading

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Injurywatch

Didier Drogba is still in the Ivory Coast squad. The Chelsea striker left the field after just 15 minutes of Ivory Coast’s 2-0 friendly win over Japan on Friday with a suspected fractured elbow. In a statement the Ivory Coast … Continue reading

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