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Tuesday, 15th June 2010
Reid All About It

Group F Match

New Zealand vs Slovakia
in Rustenburg

The team to win this game would top Group F; the group with the world champions, Italy.

Chris Killen had two attempts on goal within the first five minutes, as the All Whites sought to get a foothold in the game.

New Zealand continued to apply the pressure; although Slovakia did look threatening on the break.

Neither team did enough to break the deadlock though; on a sunny but chilly afternoon in Rustenburg. Simon Elliott put a few balls into the Slovakia area and Vladimir Weiss had a few runs at New Zealand, but otherwise - stalemate.

Half-time: 0:0

Slovakia started the second-half more positively; scoring on their second attack, Robert Vittek heading into the bottom corner from Stanislav Sestak's right-wing cross.

But for an excellent tackle by Winston Reid, in the penalty area, Slovakia could have doubled their lead in the 69th minute.

For most of the second-half, New Zealand never looked like threatening Slovakia at all; Sestak causing the Kiwis all sorts of problems, until he was taken off in the 81st minute. The goalscorer, Robert Vittek, soon joined him.

Shane Smeltz had a chance to head New Zealand level in the closing minutes, but wasted the opportunity. He made up for that miss with the cross from the left for Winston Reid to head in off the post and keep the group tight in the dying seconds of the game.

The Slovakia team were totally shell-shocked.

Final Score:
New Zealand 1 Slovakia 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Robert Vittek (50 mins)
1:1 Winston Reid (93 mins)

Man of The Match:
Winston Reid - From a saving tackle when the game was still at one-nil to the equalising goal in the last seconds of time added on. Awesome!

Teams

Travel to New Zealand New Zealand:
1 Mark Paston; 19 Tommy Smith, 6 Ryan Nelsen, 4 Winston Reid; 3 Tony Lochhead, 5 Ivan Vicelich, 7 Simon Elliott, 11 Leo Bertos; 9 Shane Smeltz, 14 Rory Fallon, 10 Chris Killen.

Travel to Slovakia Slovakia:
1 Jan Mucha; 4 Marek Cech, 3 Martin Skrtel, 16 Jan Durica, 5 Radoslav Zabavnik; 17 Marek Hamsik, 6 Zdeno Strba, 7 Vladimir Weiss; 9 Stanislav Sestak, 18 Erik Jendrisek, 11 Robert Vittek.

Referee:
Jerome Damon (South Africa)

Substitutions Substitutions:
72 Mins (New Zealand) - 20 Chris Wood on for 10 Chris Killen
78 Mins (New Zealand) - 21 Jeremy Christie on for 5 Ivan Vicelich
81 Mins (Slovakia) - 13 Filip Holosko on for 9 Stanislav Sestak
84 Mins (Slovakia) - 15 Miroslav Stoch on for 11 Robert Vittek
91 Mins (Slovakia) - 19 Juraj Kucka on for 7 Vladimir Weiss

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
42 Mins - Tony Lochhead (New Zealand)
55 Mins - Zdeno Strba (Slovakia)
93 Mins - Winston Reid (New Zealand)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
New Zealand and Slovakia meet for the first time in World Cup football; which is not surprising, considering this is Slovakia's first appearance at a World Cup Finals and New Zealand's second.

Czechoslovakia and New Zealand both played in Spain 1982, however, but didn't meet.

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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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