Posted by ESPN Stats & Information
Italy 1, New Zealand 1
New Zealand earned a shocking draw with Italy on Sunday by copying the Italian style of defensive football. The Azzuri controlled the match from several different statistical categories, but only seven of the 23 Italian shots were on target. New Zealand had one shot on target for the match, but it was Shane Smeltz's goal in the seventh minute.
• The Kiwis were content to let the Azzuri take the game to them. New Zealand cleared the ball -- defined as removing the ball from danger in a defensive area without an intended pass recipient -- 51 times, the most of any team in this year's World Cup. New Zealand also had 117 touches and completed 60 passes in the opposing half, both the lowest at this year's World Cup.
• No New Zealand player touched the ball more often than goalkeeper Mark Paston. He had 56 touches, six more than defender Winston Reid's 50. The Italians, by contrast, had seven players touch the ball 50 or more times, including Mauro Camoranesi, who only played the second half.
• Italy controlled possession (57 percent) and dominated several other statistic categories, but was unable to parlay that success into goals outside of Vincenzo Iaquinta's penalty.