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New Zealand, Slovakia tie; Brazil wins

June 16, 2010

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New Zealand 1, Slovakia 1

Winston Reid scored in second-half injury time Tuesday, lifting New Zealand to a draw with Slovakia.

Robert Vittek scored early in the second half, giving Slovakia the lead in World Cup Group F. But Reid sneaked behind the defense to take a long cross from Shane Smeltz and tie it.

The Kiwis are ranked 78th in the world, 44 spots above Slovakia, which is in its first World Cup as an independent nation.

Slovakia’s goal came in the 50th minute when Stanislav Sestak crossed from the right side. Reid missed his defensive header, allowing Vittek to score.

Portugal 0, Ivory Coast 0

Port Elizabeth, South Africa — Ivory Coast tied Portugal at the World Cup, largely outplaying its higher-ranked opponent despite Didier Drogba only coming on as a late substitute.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo rattled a 30-yard strike off the left post in the 11th minute, but Ivory Coast created the better chances.

Brazil 2, North Korea 1

Johannesburg — Maicon and Elano scored a goal apiece in the second half and Brazil broke through a solid North Korea defense to win its first 2010 World Cup match on a frigid night.

Brazil escaped with a victory in the Group G match after struggling to get past the defensive setup of the North Koreans.

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