JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A look at Day 5 Tuesday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):
Slovakia 1, New Zealand 1
Ivory Coast 0, Portugal 0
Brazil 2, North Korea 1
It took 55 minutes before Brazil hit its stride, then the five-time World Cup champs showed their style with two exceptional goals. Creative passes from Elano to Maicon and from Rubinho to Elano gave the Brazilians a 2-0 lead and they beat North Korea 2-1 in Group G.
Temperatures plummeted at the World Cup — it is, after all, nearly winter in South Africa. At the night game between Brazil and North Korea, it was 34 degrees in Johannesburg, with a wind-chill of 24.
Through 14 games, there have been nine shutouts, with two 0-0 draws. Until Brazil beat North Korea 2-1 in Game 14, every team that won did so with a shutout. There also have been four 1-1 games: United States vs. England, South Africa vs. Mexico, Italy vs. Paraguay, and New Zealand vs. Slovakia.
Striker Robert Vittek scored early in the second half, giving Slovakia a lead it couldn't hold in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand. The goal came in the 50th minute when Stanislav Sestak crossed from the right side. Winston Reid missed his defensive header, allowing Vittek to score from close range at the far post. Vittek nearly doubled the lead in the 69th minute on a counterattack, but goalkeeper Mark Paston was quick off his line and made the save. Overall, Vittek was the most dangerous player on the field.
Midfielder Elano scored once and made a brilliant pass for another goal in Brazil's 2-1 victory over North Korea. Elano set up a streaking Maicon for the first goal, then took a superb through ball from Robinho to make it 2-0.
Brazil has won all its opening matches since a 1-1 draw with Sweden in the 1978 World Cup. In that span, the Brazilians have won two World Cups.
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Winston Reid sneaked behind the Slovak defense in the final minute of injury time to head home a long cross from Shane Smeltz, giving New Zealand a 1-1 draw with Slovakia.
Brazil defender Maicon took a brilliant pass from Elano inside the penalty area and make an equally brilliant shot from a sharp angle near the goal line, beating keeper Ri Myong Guk to the short side for the five-time champions' first score in a 2-1 victory over North Korea.
Spain, which has lost just once in the last 49 games — 2-0 to the United States at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year — and Switzerland will be the last teams to get started (10 a.m. at Durban). The European champions are loaded everywhere, with stars Fernando Torres, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas the leaders. They won all 10 qualifying games.
Since going out in the first round of Euros two years ago as a co-host, the Swiss won their World Cup qualifying group.
Also in Group H, Honduras plays Chile 7:30 a.m. (at Nelspruit). Chile finished one point behind Brazil in South American qualifiers, while Honduras sneaked into the tournament in the final minutes of CONCACAF qualifying. Each team has an injured striker named Suazo. Chile's Humberto injured his right thigh two weeks ago. He's expected to play. Honduras' David also has a right thigh injury and could be inactive.
The second phase of the opening round begins Wednesday with South Africa vs. Uruguay (Pretoria, 2:30 p.m.) in Group A. The hosts drew 1-1 with Mexico in the World Cup opener, while Uruguay had a 0-0 draw with France. Uruguay midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro received two yellow cards against France and will be suspended for the match.
"It probably was the most important goal of my life." — Defender Winston Reid after his goal in second-half injury time lifted New Zealand into a 1-1 draw with Slovakia.
"Every time you put your foot on the pitch, there is a risk. With the protection I had it was clear there was no risk. The only problem is if I had fallen down." — Didier Drogba, who played with a special protective cast on his broken right arm in a Ivory Coast's 0-0 draw with Portugal.