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Marchetti relishes magnitude of start

Updated: June 17, 2010, 11:53 AM ET
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.

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