Thursday, June 17, 2010
Marchetti relishes magnitude of start
ESPN.com news services
IRENE, South Africa -- With Italy's star goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon out with a herniated disk, 27-year-old Federico Marchetti gets the biggest chance of his life in Sunday's World Cup match against New Zealand.
While he didn't face many shots, Marchetti didn't allow any goals in the second half of Italy's opening 1-1 draw with Paraguay, which Buffon exited at halftime. But New Zealand's free kicks could be made more dangerous because of the widely criticized Jabulani ball.
"We know the ball is unpredictable, and at night the balls get wet and really skid, so I'll have to be ready," Marchetti said. "This is a huge opportunity and I want to take full advantage of it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.