World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 New Zealand

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Noshow says:

    Here in NZ we – or at least those of us who weren’t up at 2am watching the game live – have woken to a football celebration we haven’t seen since, well, five days ago when we drew wwith Slovakia.

    The media over here has started on the ‘cheating Italian’ talk which highlights our naivety towards the game at the top level, so much so that we really believe that a) you can get away with blatantly tugging an opponents shirt in the six yard box and that b) the ref will not punish the player who falls over far too easily when you do.

    And yet despite this, interest here in the World Cup has reached unprecedented levels. Long may it continue, whether NZ progresses further or not.

  2. withaplum says:

    Well done New Zealand!

    To be fair though, that Nelsen yellow card was deserved. It was fairly egregious time wasting, and I wish more refs had the cojones to deal with it firmly. Not that I blame Nelsen really, and in the balance it was probably worth it.

  3. Etienne says:

    Just as an aside (because the internet does nothing better than pedantry) the second group stage wasn’t introduced in 1982, it happened in 1974 and 1978 too.

  4. COS says:

    I don’t know why Nelsen got carded.

    It appears to be for time wasting, however the ball was kicked out of play so he could receive treatment.

    It would be a different story if the ref had bought the game to a halt.

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