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  • Italy 1-1 Paraguay: Alcaraz great-header, De Rossi equalizer

    Italy had to settle for sharing the number with Paraguay 1-1. Rescue the Azzurri goals in his first match in Group F was scored by Daniele De Rossi.

    Italy as the defending champion, won only one point in his first game in Group F. In the match at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, Monday (06/14/2010), Marcello Lippi's squad held 1-1 by Paraguay.

    Antolin Alcaraz make Paraguay's first winner over Italy in the first half. But Lippi deserves grateful to De Rossi because the rescue squad from defeat by his goal in the second half.

    The game

    There was no malicious attacks from both teams until the fifth minute match. A pressure conducted by Domenico Criscito cross but can still be swept by Paraguay defender.

    Italy tries to get through the defense of Paraguay. A Gianluca Zambrotta cross to the front of goal was so high that could not be reached by the head of Alberto Gilardino in the 18th minute.

    At minute 21, Riccardo Montolivo had a chance but his kick was too slow so it can be secured Justo Villar. Meanwhile, Paraguay opportunities through hard shots Aureliano Torres still misses the point.

    Three consecutive football corner taken by Italy has not produced a goal. While Paraguay is also starting to increase its attacks to the Italian defense.

    In the 38th minute, Paraguay superior first. Torres had a free kick with a header with just greeted by Alcaraz. While Gianluigi Buffon stopped just saw the ball go into the post.

    After winning 1-0, Paraguay seemed more eager to try pressing the Italian defense. Nevertheless the score remained unchanged until the first half ended.

    Whereas in the second half coach Marcello Lippi to replace Buffon with Federico Marchetti. Italy had tried to suppress it in order to catch up.

    At minute 52 of a bait Zambrotta crossing towards goal try was greeted by Pepe with salto kick. But the ball flew faster than affordable.

    However, directly behind Paraguay and Vera threaten already approached the Italian penalty box, failed to take advantage of that opportunity. Still be next to kick the goal.

    In the 54th minute but his kick turn threatens Montolivo still can be secured Justo Villar. So did business through a kick stomach Mauro Camoranesi also learned that Paraguay goalkeeper in the air.

    Nevertheless, Italy finally managed to score an equalizer at minute 62. Starting from the corner of Pepe football being greeted by De Rossi with his right foot between the Guard Paraguayan players.

    These goals evoke the spirit of the Italian players. A back corner of the football is obtained by Pepe in the 77th minute but keeper Villar to catch the ball first before Iaquinta struck.

    A hard kick right foot Pepe already led to the goal, can still be saved by the goalkeeper of Paraguay. Once Judah Montolivo kick from a distance of about 28 meters can also be thwarted Villar.

    Italy is still trying to push but there is no more dangerous opportunities that threaten goalkeeper of Paraguay. While the efforts of Paraguay's players are also still containable Italian defender.

    Team Line-up:

    Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon (12-Federico Marchetti 46), 19-Gianluca Zambrotta, 5-Fabio Cannavaro, 4-Giorgio Chiellini, 3-Domenico Criscito; 22-Riccardo Montolivo, 6-Daniele De Rossi, 15-Claudio Marchisio ( 16-Mauro Camoranesi 59); 9-Vincenzo Iaquinta, 11-Alberto Gilardino (10-Antonio Di Natale 72), 7-Simone Pepe.

    Paraguay: Justo Villar-1, 6-Carlos Bonet, 14-Paulo Da Silva, 3-Claudio Morel, 13-Enrique Vera, 15-Victor Caceres, Cristian Riveros, 16, 17-Aureliano Torres (11-Jonathan Santana 60), 18-Nelson Valdez (9-Roque Santa Cruz 69), 19-Lucas Barrios (7-Oscar Cardozo 77), 21-Antolin Alcaraz.


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