The FIFA World Cup 2010 continued Sunday, June 20 in South Africa. Matches featured Slovakia vs Paraguay, Italy vs New Zealand and Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire.
Paraguay won Sunday, beating Slovakia 2-0.
The two goals on Paraguay were scored by Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros.
“We played a good match and we are getting closer to the round of 16,” Enrique Vera of Paraguay said. “Our intention now is to be first in the group.”
“We made two mistakes and conceded two goals,” Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss said. “There was always a punishment for our mistakes. Our opponent was a really high quality opponent and their victory was deserved.”
Brazil beat Ivory Coast, 3-1.
Luis Fabiano scored two of the three goals for Brazil and Elano scored the third goal. Didier Drogba scored the one goal for Ivory Coast.
The second goal Luis Fabiano was questioned as the ball had touched his shoulder and arm.
“It’s true, the ball really touched my hand and then my shoulder,” Luis Fabiano said of his second goal. “But it was involuntary. It was one of the greatest goals I’ve scored in my career.”
“It shouldn’t have been allowed,” Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said. “They got a goal free. That’s a 2-nil goal — that changed everything.
“It’s even more difficult if he’s allowed to use his hands. Of course it’s a hand ball. It’s not once, it’s twice.”
Italy and New Zealand tied 1-1.
Vincenzo Iaquinta scored the Italy goal and Shane Smeltz scored the one goal for New Zealand.
“I think that stopped the nation,” New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said. “It’s the most incredible result we’ve had across the board. As a football coach, it’s way above anything we’ve achieved in the history of the game.
“We are always daring to dream. At the World Cup anything is possible — we’ve seen some strange results — but nothing as big as that one.”
2010 World Cup Matches on Monday, June 21, include: Portugal vs Korea, Chile vs Switzerland and Spain vs Honduras.