World Cup: Group F Passing and Shooting Summary

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20: Shane Smeltz of New Zealand celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Italy and New Zealand at the Mbombela Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Group F featured much lower-event play than any of the other groups so far, setting lows in both passes per game and shots per game. But with a very high shooting percentage, the goal-scoring rate in this group was the same as for the tournament on the whole:

Passes/G Weighted Avg Shots/G Goals/G Shot%
Group F 322 66.75 20.8 8.83 1.08 12.26
Overall 347 74.29 21.4 10.69 1.05 9.80

It's hardly any consolation, but Italy controlled the play in their games, in fact, more so than any team other than Argentina so far:

Passes For Weighted Vs Weighted % of Pass
Paraguay 995 204.2 936 190.3 51.5
Slovakia 1003 196.8 962 207.7 51.0
New Zealand 693 141.2 1254 257.7 35.6
Italy 1168 258.8 707 145.3 62.3

Not only that, but Italy also substantially outshot its opponents - but sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way. Italy saw the most extreme version of that truism, allowing five goals on just 20 shots:

Shots F Goals Sh% Shots A Goals Sh%
Paraguay 31 3 9.68 13 1 7.69
Slovakia 25 4 16.00 31 5 16.13
New Zealand 15 2 13.33 42 2 4.76
Italy 35 4 11.43 20 5 25.00

Game-by-game passing totals are below:

Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Paraguay 313 70.5 22.5 10 2 Slovakia 356 64.1 18.0 4 0
Paraguay 258 49.3 19.1 7 1 Italy 382 85.2 22.3 6 1
Paraguay 424 84.4 19.9 14 0 New Zealand 198 41 20.7 3 0
Total 995 204.2 20.5 31 3 Total 936 190.3 20.3 13 1
Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Slovakia 285 63.9 22.4 10 3 Italy 318 69.1 21.7 12 2
Slovakia 356 64.1 18.0 4 0 Paraguay 313 70.5 22.5 10 2
Slovakia 362 68.8 19.0 11 1 New Zealand 331 68.1 20.6 9 1
Total 1003 196.8 19.6 25 4 Total 962 207.7 21.6 31 5
Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
New Zealand 164 32.1 19.6 3 1 Italy 468 104.5 22.3 17 1
New Zealand 331 68.1 20.6 9 1 Paraguay 362 68.8 19.0 11 1
New Zealand 198 41 20.7 3 0 Slovakia 424 84.4 19.9 14 0
Total 693 141.2 20.4 15 2 Total 1254 257.7 20.6 42 2
Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Italy 318 69.1 21.7 12 2 Slovakia 285 63.9 22.4 10 3
Italy 468 104.5 22.3 17 1 New Zealand 164 32.1 19.6 3 1
Italy 382 85.2 22.3 6 1 Paraguay 258 49.3 19.1 7 1
Total 1168 258.8 22.2 35 4 Total 707 145.3 20.6 20 5

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