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2010 FIFA World Cup: Italy v Paraguay 1-1 In this eleventh match video, we relive the game played between Italy & Paraguay. The reigning world champions Italy had to fight back from a goal down to earn a point against Paraguay as they began the defence of their crown with an unconvincing draw. Marcello Lippi’s side looked like they would be on the wrong end of the first major shock of the 2010 World Cup when they fell behind to Antolin Alcaraz’s first-half header but an error from the South American side’s goalkeeper Justo Villar gifted Daniele de Rossi an equaliser. The ageing Azzurri, who featured five of their 2006 winning team in their starting line-up, looked short of ideas going forward and also have a concern over the fitness of legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was forced off at half-time with an apparent back injury. Italy did avoid their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since losing to the Republic of Ireland in New York in 1994 but this was not a performance to reassure their army of travelling fans that they are in any sort of shape to defend their title. In the absence of the injured Andrea Pirlo, who is expected to return later in the group stage, it fell on Simone Pepe to try to open up the Paraguayan defence, but it was only in the closing stages of the game that he and his side managed any sustained spells of pressure. Lippi’s men dominated possession but their opponents’ disciplined and regimented approach, in some ways reminiscent of many cautious Azzurri sides in the … From: comfortablynumb1975x Views: 319 0 ratings Time: 08:37 More in Sports
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