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Monday, 14th June 2010
Champions Held

Group F Match

Italy vs Paraguay
in Cape Town

The 2006 World Cup champions are out to defend their title.

Italy started well, playing fast and direct; maybe helped by the wet surface in Cape Town.

Even with a double corner in the 20th minute, Paraguay kept three players half-way up the pitch and were nearly caught out by an Italian break.

Both teams started losing possession far too easy and then Paraguay earned a seemingly harmless free-kick, out on the right, six minutes before half-time.

There didn't seem to be any urgency in the Paraguay camp, then Aureliano Torres curled the ball high into the rain and Antolín Alcaraz rose above the blue shirts to head the ball across Gianluigi Buffon and put the South Americans in front.

The Italians, who pride themselves on defence, found themselves a goal down.

Half-time: 0:1

A surprising substitution at half-time was Federico Marchetti coming on for Gianluigi Buffon.

When Paraguay started to sit back on their lead, Italy picked themselves up, brought on Mauro Camoranesi for Claudio Marchisio and earned a corner that Justo Villar totally missed. Daniele De Rossi was on hand at the back post to pull the world champions level.

And true to form, the whole Italian bench celebrated as if they'd just won the World Cup Final again.

Final Score:
Italy 1 Paraguay 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Antolín Alcaraz (39 mins)
1:1 Daniele De Rossi (63 mins)

Man of The Match:
Simone Pepe - Some flash little touches of brilliance early in the game. Never gave up and it was his corner that lead to Italy's equaliser.

Teams

Travel to Italy Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 3 Domenico Criscito, 4 Giorgio Chiellini, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 7 Simone Pepe, 6 Daniele De Rossi, 22 Riccardo Montolivo, 9 Vincenzo Iaquinta; 11 Alberto Gilardino, 15 Claudio Marchisio.

Travel to Paraguay Paraguay:
1 Justo Villar; 3 Claudio Morel Rodríguez, 21 Antolín Alcaraz, 14 Paulo Da Silva, 6 Carlos Bonet; 17 Aureliano Torres, 15 Victor Cáceres, 16 Cristian Riveros, 13 Enrique Vera; 19 Lucas Barrios, 18 Nelson Haedo Valdez.

Referee:
Benito Archundia (Mexico)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Italy) - 12 Federico Marchetti on for 1 Gianluigi Buffon
59 Mins (Italy) - 16 Mauro Camoranesi on for 15 Claudio Marchisio
60 Mins (Paraguay) - 11 Jonathan Santana on for 17 Aureliano Torres
69 Mins (Paraguay) - 9 Roque Santa Cruz on for 18 Nelson Haedo Valdez
72 Mins (Italy) - 10 Antonio Di Natale on for 11 Alberto Gilardino
76 Mins (Paraguay) - 7 Oscar Cardozo on for 19 Lucas Barrios

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
62 Mins - Victor Caceres (Paraguay)
70 Mins - Mauro Camoranesi (Italy)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Italy beat Paraguay (2:0) in Sao Paulo during the group stage of Brazil 1950.

Italy also won the 1998 friendly match with Paraquay, in Parma (3:1).

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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