The criticism that the Italian media have had about the team being too old and aged holds water now. Italy were looking extremely tired and devoid of ideas. Marcelo Lippi's constant reluctance to include Francesco Totti is looking like a big mistake now. How Italy need a playmaker to provide a creative thrust. Andrea Pirlo will definitely find his way back to the Italian lineup soon enough.
Gerardo Martino, Paraguay coach provided this insight on the well-deserved draw,
“We’re really pleased to have gone toe-to-toe with the reigning world champions and, above and beyond the result, we’re very satisfied with our performance, particularly as it’s the start of the World Cup. We couldn’t move the ball around accurately because of the way our opponents play, but we also made life difficult for them. The fact the goals came from set pieces says a lot. Paraguay could have a chance at this World Cup if we can combine the individual brilliance of other national sides with teamwork.”