Marcello Lippi provided his thoughts ahead of the second group round game for the Azzurri against the All Whites of New Zealand from Nelspruit.
Everything to Lose
"Sì, abbiamo tutto da perdere: il passaggio del turno. Per cui lavoreremo sodo".
"Yes, we have everything to lose: the passage to the next round.
For which we will work hard."
Field testing the adidas Jabulani.
Azzurri are Ready for a Physical Side in New Zealand
"La squadra è cresciuta sia fisicamente che psicologicamente, penso sia pronta. La Nuova Zelanda non la dobbiamo temere sul piano tecnico, ma della fisicità, ad esempio dei colpi di testa. Serve attenzione. Specie sui calci piazzati. Dobbiamo giocare in velocità, con palla bassa".
"The team has grown physically and psychologically. I think it is ready.On the Bad Results by Favorites in South Africa
We don't have to fear New Zealand on a technical plane, but on physicality, for example, headers. It grabs your attention. Especially on free kicks. We have to play quickly with the ball on the ground."
"Questi risultati inattesi dimostrano che quando inizia il Mondiale tutto quello che si è detto o è successo prima si azzera".
"These unexpected results demonstrate that when the World Cup starts, everything that was said or happened before is erased."Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, June 19, 2010.
Both teams played a friendly last year before the Confederations Cup that was won, 4 x 3, by the Azzurri after being pushed more than expected by the All Whites.
Regretable Scoring Form of Late
In the last six matches, only one striker has scored a goal: Fabio Quagliarella against Switzerland. Mr. Lippi needs to address this problem and likely will pair Giampaolo Pazzini with Alberto Gilardino against New Zealand.
Azzurri Starting XI: 4-4-2
Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Criscito
Pepe, De Rossi, Montolivo, Marchisio
Manager: Mr. Lippi
New Zealand Starting XI: 3-4-3
Reid, Nelson, Smith
Bertos, Vicelich, Elliot, Lochhead
Fallon, Killen, Smeltz
Manager: Mr. Herbert
Referee: Mr. Batres of Guatemala.
of Mali is the 4th referee today... Strange choice by FIFA after the situation at Ellis Park on Friday.
Both teams began with a fast pace, but New Zealand shocked the Azzurri with a goal in the sixth minute by Shane Smeltz. A free kick was not cleared properly by Cannavaro and Smeltz pounced on it and shot past Marchisio to give the All Whites the early lead. Smeltz appeared in an offside position although it was very close.
Shane Smeltz gives the All Whites an early lead.
The Azzurri looked stunned but kept pushing forward. Chiellini missed a good chance and Montolivo struck a post. Italy controlled possession but the All Whites looked calm and secure. But then a strange call changed the game. De Rossi was slightly held in the area by Smith in the 28th minute. The referee, Mr. Batres, pointed to the spot. De Rossi's dive no doubt forced the issue. Iaquinta took a well-placed spot kick past Paston for the equalizer.
De Rossi had a near miss as the half ended. Ball possession was 75% to 25% in favor of the Azzurri according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Shots on goal were 11 to 1 for the Azzurri.
Vincenzo Iaquinta scored from the spot after
a controversial foul on De Rossi.
Camoranesi and Di Natale came on for Pepe and Gilardino. Di Natale had an immediate impact with a spinning volley that came very close to beat the keeper, Paston. A few minutes later, Pazzini came in for Marchisio. Lippi was going for the win with three strikers. At the same time, Chris Wood came on for Rory Fallon.
Cannavaro made another mistake and cleared the ball directly to Vicelich at the top of the box who took a great shot that nearly missed. New Zealand was defending brilliantly with great organization and compactness. Montolivo took a shot from outside the area that was parried by Paston. One could sense desperation with the Azzurri who had all of the ball possession.
In the 83rd minute, Chris Wood almost wrote his entry in World Cup history. He barely missed from the left side with Marchetti beaten. Camoranesi had an equally good effort that was parried by Paston. The match ended, 1 x 1.
Mark Paston, the man of the match.
A historic and well-deserved result for the All Whites. The Azzurri face elimination and must wait for last game against Slovakia to learn their fate.
- This is the first time since 1986 that Italy have only achieved two points from their first two World Cup encounters. They progressed to the round of 16 but were eliminated by France (0 x 2).
- The last time that Italy exited at the group round phase was during the 1974 World Cup.
- Fabio Cannavaro equaled Dino Zoff with 17 World Cup appearances for second on the all-time Azzurri list behind Paolo Maldini.