World Cup 2010, Italy Vs. New Zealand: Shane Smeltz Puts All Whites Up In 7th Minute

New Zealand has gone ahead of the world champions, the first time in their World Cup history that they've been ahead in a match.

New Zealand's only other World Cup appearance was in 1982, when they eliminated after three matches.  A 93rd minute goal against Slovakia gave New Zealand a draw to open this competition, but it was only after Shane Smeltz flicked home a seventh minut dead ball play against Italy that the Kiwis were ahead for the first time in their World Cup history.

The goal came when a set piece was played from 35 yards out on the left flank, with defender Winston Reid flicking a ball against the chest of defender Fabio Cannavaro.  The ball fell to Shane Smeltz behind the defense who flicked a right footed shot past Federico Marchetti for the opening goal.

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