Ital­ians held by South Amer­i­cans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

REIGN­ING cham­pi­ons Italy were held by Paraguay in their open­ing match in Group F yes­ter­day.

The South amer­i­cans had taken the lead just be­fore half-time when new Wi­gan sign­ing an­tolin al­caraz rose high­est to head home a free-kick.

Italy looked much bet­ter af­ter the break and they lev­elled with just over 20 min­utes left as daniele de Rossi poked the ball home af­ter goal­keeper Justo Vil­lar missed his punch.

The Ital­ians were the bet­ter side but failed to im­press up front. They also lacked their usual flair . . . but write them off at your peril.

The Ital­ians have a knack of com­ing good the longer the tour­na­ment goes on and should still go on to top the group, New Zealand and Slo­vakia open­ing their World Cup ac­count to­day.

Skip­per Fabio Cannavaro looked com­posed at the back for the Ital­ians and Simon Pepe also im­pressed de­spite the dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for Mar­cello Lippi’s side.

Paraguay did enough to sug­gest they could also qual­ify from the group and in the end a draw was prob­a­bly the fairest re­sult.

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