World Cup: Italy vs. New Zealand (Your Running Commentary)

World Cup: Italy vs. New Zealand (Your Running Commentary)

World Cup 2010

World Cup: Italy vs. New Zealand (Your Running Commentary)

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With Paraguay winning Sunday's early match, the Group F game between New Zealand and Italy (10am, ESPN) has become that much more critical in terms of keeping pace with the South Americans in the hopes of reaching the Round of 16.

Italy is the heavy favorite in the match, but stalwart goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is out injured, leaving the reigning World Cup champions with inexperienced Federico Marchetti in goal. 

Lightweight New Zealand is coming off a surprise draw, and will need a second consecutive match of disciplined defending and opportunistic offense to give it the best shot of getting a result.  

If you'll be watching the match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match. 

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