New Zealand 1 : 1 Slovakia
Reid equalizes for the All Whites
The Group F opening match was held in Rustenberg. New Zealand scored an injury time equalizer through a header from Winston Reid after Slovakia themselves took the lead through a Robert Vittek header on the 50th minute.
This result puts all the teams in Group F even on a single point after Italy and Paraguay also drew 1:1.
Portugal 0 : 0 Ivory Coast
Ronaldo in action
The Group G opening match in Port Elizabeth ended with honors even for both teams. Portugal only had only one real shot from Cristiano Ronaldo's effort that hit the post on the 11th minute.
The drab match also saw the Elephants top socrer, Didier Drogba playing for the first time after fracturing his arm in a pre-World Cup friendly.
Brazil 2 : 1 North Korea
Maicon squeezes his shot in to open the scoring
The Samba kings barely won against a defensive resilient North Korean team. The 2nd Group G match at the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg saw Maicon opening the scoring on the 55th minute after a boring opening period, which the booing from the crowd almost drowned out the Vuvuzela horns. Elano then added to the score on the 72nd minute.
The 5 times World champions were cruising to a comfortable win when Ji Yun Nam scored for the 105th ranked North Koreans on the 89th minute. This win sees Brazil topping the group followed by Portugal, Ivory Coast and the North Koreans.