Outclassed and given little chance. Haiti nearly brought off the first shock of the World?
Outclassed and given little chance. Haiti nearly brought off the first shock of the World Cup. In a listless first half, the Italians dominated the play but were unable to return their superiority into goals. The Haiti team chased every ball and their stubborn defence kept the Italians at bay all through the first half.
Following the interval, the Haitians took a surprise lead.
Emanuel collected a long clearance and outpaced the Italian defence to score.
Italy got the equalizing point in the 54th minute with a Gianni Rivera special from 10 yards (10m) into the upper left hand corner of the net.
Haiti put up a stubborn defence to keep their hard won point but began to show signs of fatigue and Italy went ahead in the 65th minute when a shot from Romeo Benetti was deflected past the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes later, Pietro Anastasi scored Italy's third goal with a powerful shot from the left wing.