The 1-1 draw against Italy is arguably the greatest achievement to date of a NZ soccer team. This is like Japan drawing with the All Blacks in rugby.
We started the tournament as the bottom ranked team (in terms of odds at Ladbrookes), and so having two points of two games is magnificent.
The Herald puts it into context – we have 25 professional footballers compared to 3,541 for Italy.
If somehow we can make the next round, I reckon there will be a de facto public holiday to celebrate!