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New Zealand ties it in stoppage time, stuns Slovakia

New Zealand's Winston Reid, right, scores a last-minute

New Zealand's Winston Reid, right, scores a last-minute goal against Slovakia. (June 15, 2010) Credit: AP

Winston Reid's stunner in stoppage time gave New Zealand a 1-1 draw with Slovakia in today's Group F match in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Reid got behind Slovakia's defense three minutes into stoppage time and directed a perfect header into the bottom right corner of the net to level the score -- and the group -- at 1. With Italy tying Paraguay Monday, all four teams in Group F are even at a point apiece.

Slovakia's Robert Vittek scored a magnificent header of his own soon after halftime to give his team the lead.

Italy and Paraguay are the favorites to advance out of Group F, so this was a huge blow to Slovakia's chances. New Zealand, ranked 78th in the world in FIFA's latest rankings, wasn't expected to do much at all in South Africa.

At least for now, they've got the highlight of the tournament.

Up next ... the Group of Death! Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal take on Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast. Drogba, who broke his arm 11 days ago, will play with a cast, but will start off on the bench.


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