NZealand scores late for 1-1 draw with Slovakia

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) - Winston Reid headed in an injury-time goal Tuesday to give New Zealand a 1-1 draw with Slovakia at the World Cup.

Shane Smeltz crossed the ball for Reid to head in at the near post, giving New Zealand its first point at a World Cup after going winless in its debut in 1982.

Robert Vittek had given Slovakia the lead in the 50th minute, heading in a cross from Stanislav Sestak.

Vittek nearly doubled the lead in the 69th on a counterattack, but goalkeeper Mark Paston was quick off his line and made the save.

"I thought the opening game was a good chance to get something and I would have been disappointed with a loss after conceding a goal like that," Herbert said. "But we kept coming, the boys kept coming."

All four teams have one point in Group F. Italy and Paraguay drew 1-1 Monday.

Both New Zealand and Slovakia are regarded as outsiders in South Africa, and after Tuesday's ragged performance, they will both struggle against their group rivals.

"We still have two heavyweights to go and they will be tough," New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said. "It was a strong performance today. I think we showed the kind of football we play now is conducive to results."

Slovakia, which upset the Czech Republic and Poland in qualifying, was the more polished team and created most of the game's scoring chances.

New Zealand's tight man-to-man marking choked Slovakia's disjointed attempts to move forward in the early stages, while the tall Kiwi strikers menaced the Slovakian defense but struggled to create clear opportunities.

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