New Zealand holds Solvakia to 0-0 draw at half time

13:49, June 16, 2010      

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New Zealand held Slovakia to a 0-0 draw at halftime in the Group F match of the 2010 World Cup on Tuesday. To stage their second appearance in FIFA World Cup finals, New Zealand tried to prove their strength since the beginning. Chris Killen got up well at the back post to win a header from a free-kick from the left at the fifth minute, but the ball went straight at Jan Mucha from close range.

However, with the match going on, New Zealand's loose defense offered good chances for Slovakia. A miskicking of left-footed clearance by All Whites' goalkeeper Mark Paston raised the hope for a goal in the 33th minute, but Robert Vittek did not grasp the chance and the danger was finally cleared by defenders of the Kiwis.

Slovakia won its European qualifying group to secure qualification for the World cup for the first time.

They have been drawn against New Zealand before facing Paraguay and defending champion Italy in Group F.

Source: Xinhua


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