Pas­ton de­nies Italy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

ITALY ...................................................... 1 NEW ZEALAND .......................................1 a Con­Tro­VEr­SIaL Vin­cenzo Iaquinta penalty spared cham­pi­ons Italy from World Cup em­bar­rass­ment against min­nows new Zealand.

The Ju­ven­tus for­ward hauled Italy level fol­low­ing a de­bat­able de­ci­sion af­ter for­mer Hal­i­fax striker Shane Smeltz had handed new Zealand a shock early lead at the Mbombela Sta­dium.

Italy dom­i­nated a com­pelling Group F con­test there­after but could not find a way past out­stand­ing goal­keeper Mark Pas­ton.

The sur­prise re­sult keeps alive new Zealand’s hopes of reach­ing the sec­ond round for the first time in their his­tory and leaves Italy with much still to do.

The all Whites, buoy­ant af­ter their last-gasp equaliser against Slo­vakia, made the per­fect start as Smeltz crept into the box to give them a sev­enth-minute lead.

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