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Winston Reid stole the show in the early matches of today’s World Cup action. Reid moved away from New Zealand at the age of ten to Denmark where he held citizenship, until earlier this year deciding to return to New Zealand. Although it took all ninety minutes, and three minutes of injury time for him to make his impact in New Zealand’s first competitive World Cup action this year, he did it in dramatic fashion. Reid’s goal, the first in New Zealand’s history, tied the match with Slovakia, who was eying their first victory in the World Cup as an independent nation.

In the second game of the day, neither Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo, nor cast-wearing Didier Drogba could manage to get points on the board as the match finished in a scoreless tie. The Ivory Coast squad seemed to control the game, with the exception of a few opportunities by Ronaldo, the better game (although not on the scoreboard) definitely went to the Ivory Coast team.

In today’s final match, the World’s top ranked team Brazil, would battle with North Korea, who hasn’t competed in the World Cup since 1966. Despite quite the great defensive fight from North Korea, the Brazilian team held off the last second surge that brought North Korea within one goal with just minutes remaining in the match.

Check out the cleats seen on the field today below.


Salomon Kalou of Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou of Ivory Coast wearing the leather version of the adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG.

Chistiano Ronaldo of PortugalChistriano Ronaldo in the Nike Superfly.

Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast, Christiano Ronaldo of PortugalDidier Drogba of Ivory Coast, Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal both wearing the Nike Superfly.


Gervinho of Ivory Coast, Fabio Coentrao of PortugalGervinho of Ivory Coast in the PUMA V1.10 battles for possession Fabio Coentrao of Portugal adidas F50 adiZero TRX FG.

Robert Vittek of Slovakia, Chris Killen of New ZealandRobert Vittek of Slovakia in the adidas Predator X FG, Chris Killen of New Zealand in the Nike Superfly.

Robert Vittek of SlovakiaRobert Vittek of Slovakia after scoring in the adidas Predator X FG.

Winston Reid of New ZealandWinston Reid of New Zealand in the Nike Superfly.

Maicon of Brazil and Ji Yun-Nam of North KoreaMaicon of Brazil in the Nike T90 Laser and Ji Yun-Nam of North Korea Nike Mercurial Vapor V.

Maicon of BrazilMaicon of Brazil in the Nike T90 Laser.

Kaka of BrazilKaka of Brazil controls the ball in the adidas Predator X FG.

Cha Jong-Hyok of North KoreaCha Jong-Hyok of North Korea in the Puma Power Cat 1.10 FG.

images via yahoo