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Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa

Referee: Jerome Damon | Attendance: 23871

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New Zealand

  • Winston Reid 90' +3'

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  • Robert Vittek 50'

New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia: Reid earns point

Winston Reid scored a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time to give New

Zealand their first-ever point in the World Cup finals.

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It was also New Zealand's first goal in the finals for 28 years and sparked

wild celebrations among the All Whites supporters inside the Royal Bafokeng


Reid was booked for his own celebration when he ripped off his shirt and

twirled it around his head after bulleting home a header from Shane Smeltz's


It was an historic moment in New Zealand football, considering the Kiwis had

lost all three of their previous group matches at their only other appearance in

the finals in 1982.

Reid's late strike cancelled out a 50th-minute goal from Slovakia's Robert

Vittek, which was also historic. It was the nation's first-ever goal in their

debut match at the World Cup finals.

Vittek repaid the faith his manager, Vladimir Weiss, had shown in him after he

went through the qualifying campaign without scoring. It was also a flying

header, drilled past New Zealand goalkeeper Mark Paston.

Although television replays suggested Vittek, who has been playing his football

for Ankaragucu in Turkey on a loan deal from Lille, might have been offside when

he met a sweet cross from Stanislas Sestak, it was just reward for Slovakia's

superior ambition.

They were the better side, outplaying for long periods a New Zealand team whose

only previous finals appearance in 1982 ended in three straight defeats, 3-0 to

the Soviet Union, 4-0 to Brazil and 5-2 to Scotland.

The All Whites are a side comprising five English league players, captain Ryan

Nelsen from Blackburn, Chris Killen from Middlesbrough, Ipswich's Tommy Smith,

Plymouth's Rory Fallon and substitute Chris Wood from West Brom who replaced

Killen in the second-half.

They have plenty of guts and pride, but technically they were some way inferior

to a Slovak side for whom 20-year-old Vladimir Weiss, the manager's son who

played just one game for Manchester City before being loaned out to Bolton last

season, was a constant inspiration in midfield.

The first half was just about as sterile a 45 minutes as this goal-starved

World Cup has witnessed. The most exciting moment came from a mistake from

Paston who fluffed his kick-out. Vittek pounced on the mistake and looked like

making New Zealand pay but Paston recovered to smother his attempt.

The action was so pedestrian it had to improve and it did with Vittek's goal

allowing Slovakia to play with more freedom.

Until the last five minutes New Zealand's best effort had been when Killen rose

highest in the penalty area but dispatched his header straight into the arms of

Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha.

Yet they mounted a spirited late rally which saw substitute Wood go close with

a diving header.

Little were we to know an even better one was to come from Reid to leave New

Zealand, Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay locked on a point each in Group F.

Scoring Summary

  • New Zealand
  • Slovakia
Winston Reid (90 + 3')

Match Stats

  • New Zealand
  • Slovakia
10(2) Shots (on goal) 14(2)
17 Fouls 15
3 Corner kicks 10
0 Offsides 1
49% Time of Possession 51%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 1


  • New Zealand
  • Slovakia
Yellow Cards
Tony Lochhead (42')
Winston Reid (90 + 4')
Zdeno Strba (55')