Italy held 1-1 by New Zealand

Nov 30, -0001
NELSPRUIT: World champions Italy were held to a surprise 1-1 draw for the second time at the World Cup after coming back from a goal down against rank outsiders New Zealand on Sunday.

Italy, whose chances of reaching the last 16 now hang in the balance, went a goal down as early as the seventh minute when Shane Smeltz poked the ball home from close range after the Italian defence failed to clear a long free kick.

The world champions equalised in the 29th minute with a Vincenzo Iaquinta penalty after Daniele De Rossi had his shirt tugged in the box but despite pressing for most of the match could not find a winner.

Paraguay, who beat Slovakia 2-0 earlier on Sunday, lead Group F with four points from Italy and New Zealand on two and Slovakia on one before the final group games. AGENCIES



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