So even as a non-fan of defensive soccer, it was immensely satisfying for me to watch the Kiwis battle back the Italian onslaught in the second half. After the penalty kick, Italy's circus of diving and writhing earned nothing except the universal scorn of broadcasters, half-time analysts, and neutral observers worldwide. Even Mussolini would be disgraced, not only by their lack of offensive creativity and finishing skill, but the continuous barrage of fake injuries and psuedo-pains. It was a just result, and while Italy can still manage to qualify with a win over Slovakia next week, this will cost them a favorable draw: they're looking at the Netherlands in round one (the only other losers from today's action) and then Brazil, possibly, in round two. So something good is happening in South Africa, after all.