14th June 2010, Green Point Stadium
Italy manager Marcello Lippi has slammed his opponents tactics during his side’s 1-1 draw in the second match of group E at the Green Point Stadium.
Paraguay took the lead just before half-time and the Italians equalised deep into the second half, but Lippi’s side were unable to find a winner which he feels is down to their decision to defend.
“Paraguay preferred to sit back and defend, creating absolutely nothing. Paraguay scored with their first approach on goal, which can happen from a set play.
There is great regret, as this is the kind of match we have got to win. There is a great regret, as we certainly deserved to win the game. There was a reaction and we played a good game, but this is the kind of match we have got to win, so we need to improve in attack.”
After a vibrant start with both sides sharing their fair share of possession, it was Paraguay who took the initiative thanks to a neat header Antolin Alcaraz. The new Wigan defender took advantage of poor Italian defending to put his side in the lead.
Paraguay seemed to have their opponents under control but in the 63rd minute of play goalkeeper Justo Villar failed to deal with an Italian cross from the left and De Rossi was on hand to stab the ball into an empty net.
The equaliser certainly injected some much needed energy into the game as both sides pressed on in search of a winner. The introduction of Roque Santa Cruz was an example of Paraguay’s intent to search for a winner but it was the Italians who pushed on in search for a winner but to no avail.
(Picture courtesy of Sky Sports)