The defending champions would continue to struggle as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against New Zealand on Sunday.
The Kiwis would be the first team to score on a free kick in the 7th minute that was crossed in the box. It was headed towards goal and Shane Smeltz would pounce on it inside the box and toe poke it past the goalkeeper. Italy would respond with a penalty kick in the 29th minute that was converted by Vincenzo Iaquinta in the 29th minute.
Italy couldn’t find another goal in the rest of the match despite dominating possession and have the better of play. New Zealand didn’t get another shot on goal (after Smeltz’ shot) but were more than satisfied to get the point.
Both teams will likely need a win in their last group stage match to move onto the next round of the tournament.
Italy 1-1 New Zealand Goal Videos
Italy 0-1 New Zealand – (Smeltz) 7′
Italy 1-1 New Zealand – (Iaquinta) 29′
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