Italy, Paraguay level at 0-0 after 15 minutes
Defending champion Italy and Paraguay were locked at 0-0 Monday
after 15 minutes of their Group F opener at Green Point
After a day of often intense rain, the match kicked off under a
drizzle, leaving the pitch slippery. Temperatures stood at 8
degrees Celsius (46 Fahrenheit), but the swirling winds coming off
the ocean made it feel colder.
Italy took the early initiative, playing with confidence and
poise as Paraguay fell back in defense, often leaving only one man
in Italy’s half. Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo had two long-range
In the first minute, Montolivo went down after a rash tackle
from Christian Riveros.
Italy opened its defense with six members of its 2006 squad in