Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Robert Vittek great strike, Injury-time goal by defender Winston Reid rescue for the team : Slovakia 1-1 New Zealand

**An injury-time goal by defender Winston Reid has given New Zealand a 1-1 draw against Slovakia, which played its first ever match in a World Cup.

Robert Vittek headed home in the 50th minute a neat cross by Stanislav Sestak from the right wing.

Winston Reid equalized with a header in the third minute of time added on to give Kiwis their first ever World Cup point.
Despite being tagged as the clear underdogs, New Zealand began much better than their European opponents and they wasted a glorious opportunity to take the lead after five minutes when Middlesbrough striker Chris Killen headed straight at Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha from close-range.

All four teams in Group F are now level on one point after world champion Italy and Paraguay drew 1-1 on Monday in Cape Town.

Team Line-Ups:

New Zealand: Mark Paston, Winston Reid, Ryan Nelsen, Ivan Vicelich (Jeremy Christie 78 '), Tommy Smith, Leo Bertos, Simon Elliott, Tony Lochhead, Rory Fallon, Shane Smeltz, Chris Killen (Chris Wood, 72')

Slovakia: Jan Mucha, Radoslav Zabavnik, Martin Skrtel, Jan Durica, Marek Cech, Zdeno Strba, Vladimir Weiss (Juraj Kucka 90 '), Stanislav Sestak (Filip Holosko 81'), Marek Hamsik, Robert Vittek (Miroslav Stoch 84 '), Erik Jendrisek


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