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New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy

New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
World Cup holders Italy met footballing minnows New Zealand, in a match Italy needed to win after their disappointing 1-1 draw with Paraguay in the first round of group games in Group F. (Getty Images)
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
All expectations of a comfortable Italian win were turned on their head as New Zealand grabbed a sensational lead seven minutes into the game. (Getty Images)
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
New Zealand fans could barely believe what they were seeing as the current holders of the World Cup struggled to live up to their title. (Getty Images)
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
As their nerves settled, Italy began building wave after wave of attacks, but despite the increasing pressure, New Zealand refused to be broken, resisting everything the Italians threw at them. (Getty Images0
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
On the half an hour mark, Italy grabbed on to a life line as the referee blew for a penalty after Tommy Smith pulled down Daniele De Rossi in the box, allowing Iaquinta to draw his side level. (Getty Images)
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
After the penalty, the Italians stepped up the intensity of their attacks, but they found Kiwi goalkeeper Mark Paston in inspired form as he repelled everything shot at him. (Getty Images)
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
Although Marcello Lippi rang in the changes, bringing on veterans Mauro Camoranesi and Antonio Di Natale at half time, neither could unlock the New Zealand defence. (Getty Images)
New Zealand shock World Cup holders Italy
As the final whistle blew, Italy were left to ponder what was turning into a disastrous group campaign, while New Zealand celebrated arguably the greatest result in their history. (Getty Images)