BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Italy 1-1 New Zealand

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 14:20 Commentary  

    Is it just me, or is this African World Cup slowly turning into a South American World Cup before our very eyes? Paraguay have produced two accomplished performances, Chile eased past Honduras and Uruguay humbled the hosts. Oh, and there’s Argentina and Brazil, too. They’re all having a ball, and I’m not talking about the Jabulani.

  2. 14:23 Commentary  

    A little over a year ago in Atteridgeville, a township in Pretoria, Italy and New Zealand met in a friendly match which turned into an absolute thriller. Eventually the World Cup holders prevailed 4-3, but only after an almighty scare. Today, the two teams go again, this time on the biggest stage of them all. In situ in Johannesburg, you’re with Jonathan Stevenson.

  3. 14:25 Commentary Italy v New Zealand line-ups:  

    Italy: 12-Federico Marchetti 19-Gianluca Zambrotta, 5-Fabio Cannavaro, 4-Giorgio Chiellini, 3-Domenico Criscito, 22-Riccardo Montolivo, 6-Daniele De Rossi, 15-Claudio Marchisio, 9-Vincenzo Iaquinta, 7-Simone Pepe, 11-Alberto Gilardino.
    New Zealand: 1-Mark Paston; 4-Winston Reid, 6-Ryan Nelsen, 5-Ivan Vicelich, 19-Tommy Smith, 3-Tony Lochhead, 11-Leo Bertos, 7-Simon Elliot, 10-Chris Killen, 14-Rory Fallon, 9-Shane Smeltz.
    Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala).

  4. 14:29 Commentary  

    The rules are, there are no rules: Tweet me @Stevo_football, text me on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) and you know all about our daily 606 page, right? Now, clearly I can’t stop you talking about all things England, and why would I want to? The focus here is most certainly on events from Nelspruit, but this is the World Cup and the floor’s all yours. I am but a conduit for your footballing philosophies.

  5. 14:34 Commentary  

    In their opening games, these two enjoyed contrasting fortunes. Italy stumbled to a 1-1 draw against Paraguay, who, judging by their first two games, are a very useful side indeed, while New Zealand left it about as late as they could to break Slovakia’s hearts and nick their first World Cup point.

  6. Twitter  

    From Simon_Higgins: "New Zealand isn't normally a praying nation but if you're up there, please help us Superman."

  7. 14:41 Commentary Italy coach Marcello Lippi:  

    "Undoubtedly from a technical point of view we shouldn't fear them but we have to be wary of their physicality and their heading ability, they are all very tall. It's a match where we will have to pay great attention to dead balls. The more we keep them away from around our box, the better. We have lots to lose, like getting through the group.”

  8. 14:43 Commentary Italy v New Zealand team news:  

    Italy coach Marcello Lippi has paired Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alberto Gilardino up front in a 4-4-2 formation for their second Group F fixture, while Cagliari's Federico Marchetti comes in for the injured first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. New Zealand are unchanged from the side that scored in the dying seconds to snatch a 1-1 draw with Slovakia.

  9. SMS  

    Brent, Kiwi in London: "Huge game today for Smeltz. Hoping Sugarfoot can score again against the Italians."

  10. 14:49 Commentary New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert:  

    "This team's done an incredibly good job at putting football in New Zealand back in a marvellous place. The group's in a very tight position and whatever the outcome of this match, we're still in with a chance of going through, going into the third match, and no one would have predicted that.”

  11. 606  

    From Vokey: "I predict an Italian to go out and get at least a brace here, hopefully someone like Gilardino. I firmly believe that when Pirlo returns this squad will march towards the semis at least."

  12. 14:54 Commentary  

    The Italian flag is swiftly followed by the New Zealand flag and before you know it the players are on the pitch and we're about to listen to their national anthems.

  13. 14:57 Commentary  

    They get better every time you hear them. After Il Canto degli Italiani and God Defend New Zealand, we're on the brink of kick-off in Nelspruit.

  14. 15:00 KICK-OFF Italy v New Zealand  

    At Mbombela Stadium, footballing giants Italy and footballing underdogs New Zealand get their World Cup Group F clash under way.

  15. 2 mins Commentary  

    Both teams attempt long balls over the top towards chasing strikers, but both balls are a touch too long and the keepers gather. Fifa president Sepp Blatter watches on, already looking a teeny tiny bit underwhelmed.

  16. Twitter  

    From siddharth248: "Go Kiwis... you can get a draw from this one, Italy are way beyond their mark this time."

  17. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "New Zealand are strong in the set-piece. I think the quality of set-pieces in this tournament has been of an extremely poor standard. The pitch today is the best I've seen all tournament, it looks absolutely beautiful."

  18. 6 mins Commentary  

    I'd say this game is being played at a slow pace, but there isn't any pace to it at the moment. It's broken, fragmented... hang on...

  19. 7 mins GOAL Italy 0-1 New Zealand  

    You want a shock? We've got one on our hands in Nelspruit. Marcello Lippi was worried about set-pieces and this is why - a free-kick is curled into the Italy box and for some extraordinary reason, former Halifax Town and AFC Wimbledon striker Shane Smeltz is allowed to sneak in and slot past Federico Marchetti from close range. My word.

  20. 9 mins Commentary  

    Yep, we've got a game on our hands now. An Italian free-kick is directed goalwards by Fabio Cannavaro but Mark Paston punches clear. I've a feeling Paston might be pretty busy from now on.

  21. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "You don't want to see New Zealand sit back, they should just attack like they have been doing. Don't sit back New Zealand! Already in this game we've seen the two best free-kicks of the tournament. It just proves that if the delivery is right, you cannot defend it."

  22. 13 mins Commentary  

    Italy are putting pressure on New Zealand, they just cannot get their pass right in the final third at the moment. What an intriguing match we have on our hands.

  23. 14 mins YELLOW CARD  

    New Zealand striker Rory Fallon is shown a yellow card for leaning his arm into the face of Fabio Cannavaro. There are so many sentences I never thought I'd write appearing at this World Cup.

  24. 606  

    From RKW - Bred Pole: "Shane Smeltz - I used to watch you week in, week out at The Shay, now you've got the goal that has rattled the world champions - fantastic!"

  25. 17 mins Commentary  

    A corner is floated in from the Italian right and it falls for Giorgio Chiellini about six yards out, but the centre-back cannot adjust his feet and his left-foot shot flies away for a throw in the end.

  26. Twitter  

    From Tuan_56: "Aussie living in London, but come on New Zealand - the rest of Australia is behind you after the Grosso farce four years ago!"

  27. 23 mins Commentary  

    The longer the game goes on with the score 1-0 to New Zealand, the more nervy Italy will get. Gianluca Zambrotta fizzes in a right-foot shot from 22 yards that arcs just away from the right-hand angle of Mark Paston's post and crossbar.

  28. 24 mins Commentary  

    Rory Fallon goes up for another aerial challenge, this time catching Giorgio Chiellini with his stray arm. The Italians are incensed, while Ricki Herbert accuses Chiellini of diving. There's a bit of spice in it too, as if it needed an extra ingredient.

  29. 26 mins Commentary  

    If Italy think they are in trouble... news reaches us that the France squad refused to train today - now that is a World Cup squad in complete and utter crisis.

  30. 27 mins HITS THE WOODWORK  

    They won't get any closer without equalising - playmaker Riccardo Montolivo drills in a low, swerving shot from 25 yards that beats Mark Paston and cannons back off the inside of the post. Great hit, unlucky.

  31. 28 mins PENALTY To Italy  
  32. 28 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Tommy Smith booked for the foul on Daniele De Rossi.

  33. 29 mins GOAL Italy 1-1 New Zealand  

    That's livened up the Italians in the crowd. A cross from the left is heading towards the back post, where New Zealand's Tommy Smith has got a handful of Daniele De Rossi's shirt. De Rossi goes to ground, referee Carlos Batres points to the spot and Smith is cautioned. Vincenzo Iaquinta steps up and coolly sends Mark Paston the wrong way to level things up.

  34. 32 mins Commentary  

    New Zealand are going to face wave after wave of Italian attacks now - a corner falls to Domenico Criscito on the edge of the box, but after coming inside on to his right foot he spoons a wild shot miles over. Italy have had eight shots so far, New Zealand just the one.

  35. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "That's shocking. That's not a penalty, he's hardly touched him. That's a disgrace, it's embarrassing really. There's slight contact and De Rossi, being a professional, has gone down and made a meal of it. New Zealand shouldn't get too disheartened."

  36. SMS  

    From Anon: "I have to say I'm really impressed with the Italians' urgency. They rarely win any plaudits for their style of play, but they've looked sharp since New Zealand scored."

  37. 36 mins Commentary  

    Italy continue to dominate, but they are still level with New Zealand and they can ill afford to slip up today, the World Cup holders. New Zealand are pumping aimless balls out of defence, struggling to have any possession at all.

  38. 39 mins Commentary  

    The Italians are making a meal of every time they are fouled, which is disappointing. The really don't need to resort to those tactics, they are totally in the ascendancy in this one.

  39. 606  

    From willspireite: "Shirt pull = penalty. Whining about making a meal of it is pointless, yeah he does make more of it... but that's not the point. It WAS a penalty."

  40. 42 mins Commentary  

    Italy are dominating, but their tempo has just dropped a touch since the goal, which Marcello Lippi will probably not be happy about. New Zealand on the other hand will surely be delighted to get to half-time on level terms.

  41. 45 mins Commentary  

    Riccardo Montolivo and Gianluca Zambrotta combine well down the Italy right but the full-back's shot is cleared by Ryan Nelsen. Moments later Daniele De Rossi's 20-yard effort is parried away by Mark Paston.

  42. 15:46 HALF-TIME Italy 1-1 New Zealand  

    So, how many of you had that half-time score? Thought as much. Italy and New Zealand are level at the interval in Nelspruit.

  43. Twitter  

    From manud: "FFF delegate Valentin just said 'players don't want to train, I'm sick of it, I'm resigning and flying back to Paris'."

  44. Contributor BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty  

    On Twitter: "France team in mutiny. Can't see England's players seriously challenging Capello's authority. Exchanging views got be good though."

  45. SMS  

    Mike, from Dubai: "With regard to WillSpireite, he is of course correct. But the 'making a meal of it' does influence the ref. Look at the USA game the other day, they had a great goal ruled out, but two forwards could easily have gone down and tried to win the decision. I know what I would sooner see."

  46. 606  

    From Joey J: "Lucio is going to do a lot worse to Drogba than what Tommy Smith did to De Rossi. However instead of there being numerous penalties he will probably get away with it. Fair?"

  47. 16:01 SUBSTITUTION  

    Back under way in Nelspruit and Italy have made two half-time changes, with Mauro Camoranesi and Antonio di Natale coming on for Alberto Gilardino and Simone Pepe.

  48. Commentary France team director Jean-Louis Valentin:  

    "It's a scandal for the French, for the young people here. It's a scandal for the federation and the French team. They don't want to train. It's unacceptable. As for me, it's over. I'm leaving the federation. I'm sickened and disgusted."

  49. 48 mins Commentary  

    Marcello Lippi does not look like a happy man as he stands pensively in his technical area at the Mbombela Stadium. Scrappy start to the second half, which suits New Zealand.

  50. 49 mins Commentary  

    First half-chance of the half sees Antonio Di Natale fire goalwards from an angle on the right, but Mark Paston punches clear.

  51. 52 mins Commentary  

    New Zealand will try to slow the pace of the game down, take their time with throw-ins and goalkicks and frustrate the life out of Italy in this half. The Italians should know better than anyone else what's coming, though.

  52. 55 mins Commentary  

    More from the France crisis: "France refused to train on Sunday because of striker Nicolas Anelka's expulsion, according to a letter written by them and read out to the media by coach Raymond Domenech."

  53. 606  

    From wjousts: "As much schadenfreude as I get from the French implosion, I do feel bad for the French fans that have travelled all the way to South Africa for this shameful display of clashing egos. And I'm sure the Irish feel rightly aggrieved that they lost their place in the World Cup for this nonsense."

  54. 59 mins Commentary  

    Back to events on the pitch and Italy are struggling to create anything at the moment. I wonder what the guys who were formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo are making of this...

  55. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Anne Forest on WCHYS: "It's a disgrace. I'm French and I've never been more ashamed at my team. They're acting like spoilt divas! They've done nothing, and don't deserve any of the money and don't deserve to play for our country. Sack the whole lot of them."

  56. 61 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Marcello Lippi is really not happy as he makes his third and final change just after the hour mark in Nelspruit. Vincenzo Iquinta shoots wide after turning well inside the New Zealand box, before striker Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Claudio Marchisio.

  57. 63 mins Commentary  

    New Zealand send on West Brom's teenage striker Chris Wood for Rory Fallon.

  58. 63 mins Commentary  

    They still think they can win this game, New Zealand. The ball bounces up outside the Italy box to Ivan Vicelich and his fizzing right-foot volley flies narrowly wide as Federico Marchetti sprawls across his line.

  59. SMS  

    Paul from Ayrshire: "Go All-Whites, do it for Jermaine Clement's side burns!"

  60. 68 mins Commentary  

    Italy have lacked any sort of spark at all since they got back into the game. If they cannot find a winner they are hanging a lot on their last Group F game against Slovakia on Thursday.

  61. 70 mins Commentary  

    Italy are just pumping aimless balls into the New Zealand box, they haven't run out of ideas so much as they just haven't got any. He says, as Riccardo Montolivo hammers one in from 30 yards and Mark Paston makes a brilliant one-handed save low down to his right.

  62. 72 mins Commentary  

    Great clearance inside his own six-yard box from Ryan Nelsen after a cross from the left from Antonio Di Natale, as Italy increase the tempo a little in Nelspruit. Not before time, too.

  63. Twitter  

    From PerunSi: "I think I may have made a mistake betting on France to win the World Cup..."

  64. 75 mins Commentary  

    Is it really Italy 1-1 New Zealand with 15 minutes left? How can anyone not love this World Cup now. It's not exactly short of drama, is it?

  65. 78 mins Commentary  

    They are crossing from too deep, that's Italy's problem. The angle of their crosses isn't giving the forwards a chance, no-one is getting to the byeline and pulling it back. A corner comes in, and Vincenzo Iaquinta's header is nodded off the line.

  66. 80 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Antonio Di Natale has endured a frustrating afternoon since coming on at the break and he moves into space just outside the All-Whites' box only to shoot wide. Didn't get hold of it at all. New Zealand take Ivan Vicelich off and send on Jeremy Christie.

  67. 606  

    From manfrombelmonty: "Ignore the naysayers. This World Cup is just brilliant! Players mutiny, big nations rocked by small ones, controversy at every turn and the quality of games getting better all the time. Love it!"

  68. 83 mins Commentary  

    Fabio Cannavaro just is not the same player we saw four years ago. Chris Wood does brilliantly to nick the ball past the Italy captain, and from about 18 yards to the left of the area the sub arrows a superb shot inches past the far post. Don't know whether Federico Marchetti was beaten, but my word that was close.

  69. 86 mins Commentary  

    Ryan Nelsen goes down and looks like he has suffered a hamstring problem. That'll eat up some more time.

  70. 87 mins YELLOW CARD  

    The referee has booked Ryan Nelsen. Don't know why. Is it because he refused to get on a stretcher? Could it be for time-wasting?

  71. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "Ryan Nelsen has come back on and I know him - if his hamstring is hanging off he will get through this, no doubt about it."

  72. 88 mins Commentary  

    Mauro Camoranesi hammers in a goalbound drive from fully 30 yards and it's arcing towards the corner before Mark Paston gets across to tip it behind for a corner. This is unbelievable.

  73. 90 mins Commentary  

    We're into the last minute of normal time in Nelspruit, on the cusp of an incredible World Cup result.

  74. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    We're into four minutes of added time as Gianluca Zambrotta's shot is blocked by a perfectly-placed Ryan Nelsen.

  75. 90 mins Commentary  

    Daniele Di Rossi pumps a ball into the box and Mark Paston rises imperiously - not for the first time today - to collect quite comfortably.

  76. 90 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Domenico Criscito whacks a cross out of play from the left and about four of his team-mates go mental at him. New Zealand take Chris Killen off and send on Andy Barron.

  77. 90 mins Commentary  

    New Zealand have a free-kick inside their own half and we have got seconds left. What a story this is in a World Cup full of them.

  78. 16:51 FULL-TIME Italy 1-1 New Zealand  

    That's one of the shocks of this or any World Cup and easily the greatest result in New Zealand's footballing history. The Italians in the crowd look like they have just been dumped out of the tournament.

  79. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "Ricki Herbert can be Prime Minister of New Zealand at this rate! Amazing, fantastic, this is what Word Cups are all about. Look at them celebrating!"

  80. SMS  

    James, Hampshire: "Italy, current world champions, held by a national side that doesn't even have a professional league and just one professional team? Superb from NZ - and suddenly England's two points seem far better! This World Cup is awesome!"

  81. 16:56 Commentary  

    Ricki Herbert walks around the Mbombela Stadium pitch with a grin as wide as New Zealand - he and his players deserve every single clap they get from their wonderful supporters. There are people in tears in the crowd. It's astonishing.

  82. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Java Vamcas Kambala on WCHYS: "Now there can be no doubts; the myth has been exposed - Europe is no longer the centre of global football. See how they are being crushed."

  83. 17:00 Commentary  

    On Thursday at 1500 BST at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Italy take on Slovakia knowing only a victory can assure them of their place in the last 16. This is an Italy side, remember, that has not won a game of football in 2010.

  84. Commentary New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen:  

    "It was an amazing effort from the lads, lots of determination and guts - and their goal shouldn't have been, no way. They are an amazing team, Italy, but everyone put in an incredible shift - I've cramped every single muscle in my legs!"

  85. Twitter  

    From rutherford_sr: "Andy Barron, who came on at the end, works in a bank. He had to get time off work for this tournement. There's some perspective."

  86. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Arlo White  

    "Think of the World Cup disappointment this country has suffered in other sports and then you see the sheer, unadultered delight we are witnessing here among about 1,500 New Zealand fans in Nelspruit. It's absolutely extraordinary."

  87. 17:10 Commentary  

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us this is the first time that both finalists from the last World Cup have failed to win any of their opening two matches.

  88. Commentary New Zealand boss Ricki Herbert:  

    "I thought some of the decisions were quite strange and that's why I took Rory Fallon off. Look, we're gonna be hard to beat against Paraguay and the nation can come to the third game with us with a chance to go through - who'd have thought it?"

  89. 17:15 Commentary  

    On yet another World Cup 2010 bombshell, it's time to part. All the congratulations on earth to New Zealand for a truly monumental performance - don't you forget to join Sam Lyon shortly for the build-up to Brazil-Ivory Coast this evening. What times these are to be alive.

By Chris Whyatt

Rank outsiders New Zealand pulled off one of the biggest World Cup shocks of recent tournaments by holding defending champions Italy to a memorable draw in Nelspruit.

The Azzurri pressed hard for three points in a pulsating second half, but the All Whites stood firm and could have snatched a remarkable victory had 18-year-old West Brom forward Chris Wood not guided a late left-foot shot just wide of the post.

Regardless, it still represents easily the best result in the history of a nation which still does not have a professional football league and is far better known for its daunting rugby exploits.

And Italy, sorely lacking the creativity of injured AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, are now under real pressure to ensure an extended stay in South Africa: they must beat Slovakia on Thursday to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Should they only manage a draw, then New Zealand - 2000-1 to win the World Cup before the tournament started - could deny them with victory over Paraguay in their final Group F match.

Before this vibrant encounter at the Mbombela Stadium, Italy coach Marcello Lippi had identified New Zealand's aerial threat as the main danger to his team - and that warning proved prophetic within just seven minutes.

Simon Elliott whipped over a curling free-kick from the left and with tall defender Winston Reid soaring highest to flick the ball on, Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro - who lifted the ultimate prize in world football back in 2006 - could only help it into the path of Shane Smeltz.

The New Zealand striker looked significantly offside but was nerveless in prodding his 20th goal in 37 internationals past Federico Marchetti, who was deputising for Italy's injured first-choice keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

The holders nearly hit back instantly but All Whites goalkeeper Mark Paston clawed out a dangerously bouncing Riccardo Montolivo free-kick with a posse of blue shirts waiting at close quarters to pounce on any mistake.

Italy soon set about exploiting any means they could to try and gain an advantage - Cannavaro accusing Rory Fallon of using his elbow after another sturdy challenge in the air for which the Plymouth striker was booked.

But AC Milan's celebrated right-back Gianluca Zambrotta injected some flair into the Italian charge after 23 minutes, firing in a spectacular shot which whistled just past the top corner before Riccardo Montolivo surged forward in similar style to swerve the controversial Jabulani ball against the upright from fully 30 yards.

Italy made their pressure tell just before the half hour when Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith conceded a penalty after tussling with Daniele De Rossi as they battled to get on the end of a cross, though the Roma midfielder seemed to tumble easily.

Referee Carlos Batres booked Smith before Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta coolly slotted home, ignoring New Zealand's apparent attempts to match Italy's gamesmanship by trying to delay the kick.

Italy ended the first half in the ascendency but Lippi - knowing a win was of paramount importance - was still proactive at the break, bringing on Antonio di Natale and Mauro Camoranesi for Alberto Gilardino and Simone Pepe.

After Iaquinta wasted a defence-splitting De Rossi pass in the 60th minute, Lippi again made a further change with in-form Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini replacing the ineffective Claudio Marchisio.

Despite struggling to retain possession, New Zealand nearly took an unlikely lead when Ivan Vicelich lashed a fierce volley just wide.

With play really opening up - as many matches have in the second round of group matches following cagey encounters in the first - Montolivo once more showcased his long-range abilities but again Paston proved equal to his shot by palming it away from danger as the pressure mounted.

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert soon replaced Fallon with Wood, who went so close to clinching a winning goal as he turned Cannavaro inside-out before guiding a well-struck low shot just the wrong side of the post.

The final opportunity fell to Italy as Argentine-born Camoranesi forced another decent stop from Paston - but destiny was on New Zealand's side and, on the balance of chances if not ther amount of possession, they fully deserved to take their World Cup points tally to two following their opening draw with Slovakia.

Italy Italy Flag 1-1 New Zealand Flag New Zealand FT

(HT 1-1)

Iaquinta (pen), 29
Smeltz, 7

New Zealand




  • Venue: Mbombela Stadium
  • Referee: C Batres
  • Attendance: 38,229
Italy     New Zealand
  • Possession 54%
  • Attempts on target 9
  • Attempts off target 8
  • Corners 15
  • Fouls 10

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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