That is all from me today. Hope you enjoyed it. Check back tomorrow for more live commentary of all three games.
That's the end of the match. The defending champs begin with a 1-1 draw against Paraguay. Italy was the better team and Paraguay is a tough side to break down, but today's game did nothing to dispel the prevailing wisdom that this is one of the weakest squads Italy has ever brought to a World Cup. Paraguay didn't look too impressive either but the good news for both these sides is that the other two teams in this group are New Zealand and Slovakia.
Chiellini commits a bad foul on Vera, and Paraguay predictably looks to milk every second they can out of it.
The referee signals for three minutes of injury time in this second half.
Italy pressing now with Zambrotta looking very lively down the right side. Paraguay is clearly satisfied with a draw.
The introductions of Santa Cruz and Cardozo have done little to change Paraguay's defensive posture. It appears any hopes of a more exciting side ended the moment that bullet struck Cabanas' head.
Montolivo tests Villar from deep, and the Paraguayan keeper manages to push it wide for a corner, which the South Americans clear.
Good chance for Italy as Pepe makes a nice run from midfield and fires from the edge of the area, but straight into the hands of Villar. Paraguay earns a corner now as the pace picks up. It is cleared by Italy for a throw in.
Italy has taken complete control since the equalizer, but is still struggling to create clear chances. Di Natale does earn a corner kick, but this time Villar comes out confidently and snatches the ball out of the air.
Substitution L. Barrios Ó. Cardozo
Paraguay replaces Argentine-born Lucas Barrios with Oscar Cardozo, so the combination expected to start this tournament is finally on the field.
And Italy make a similar switch as Di Natale replaces the ineffective Gilardino. It is the last change for Italy, who were forced to burn one substitution at goalkeeper.
Substitution Alberto Gilardino Antonio Di Natale
Paraguay finally bring on Santa Cruz, but it is essentially in a straight swap for Nelson Haedo Valdez, so don't expect too much more intent.
Yellow Card Mauro Camoranesi
Substitution Haedo Valdéz Roque Santa Cruz
Penalty appeal from Italy as Montolivo clashes with Da Silva in the box, but the referee waves play on.
GOAL!!!! Italy equalize also from a set piece, as Villar makes a complete hash of a corner delivered by Pepe, and Danielle De Rossi fires home from very close range.
Goal Daniele De Rossi
Victor Caceres picks up the first yellow card of the match. It has not been a dirty game, aside from an awful challenge by Riveros on Montolivo about 30 seconds into the match.
Yellow Card Víctor Cáceres
Substitution A. Torres J. Santana
Italy makes a switch as the supposedly unfit Mauro Camoranesi comes on for Marchisio and with his first touch sends a cross in the direction of Pepe, which Villar snatches out of the air. Paraguay bring on yet another defensive midfielder in Jonathan Santana, who replaces Aureliano Torres.
Substitution Claudio Marchisio Mauro Camoranesi
Paraguay very nearly doubles its lead, as Enrique Vera picks up a loose ball on the right side of the box and fires just wide and high. The second half is being played at a much faster pace.
Paraguay earn a corner which is cleared to the edge of the area, but the follow up shot sails over the head of Federico Marchetti, who replaced the (probably injured) Gigi Buffon in goal. Italy come back with a cross by Zambrotta which Pepe tries to get on the end of with an acrobatic finish, but misses the ball completely.
As you might expect Paraguay hanging back, aleady in full bunker down mode, while Italy has yet to launch any sort of attack in the second half.
Substitution Gianluigi Buffon Federico Marchetti
Marcello Lippi needs to seriously think about a change at halftime to add some kind of spark. Antonio Di Natale, scorer of 29 goals in Serie A this past season for Udinese is an option, or he could make a straight swap of Pazzini for Gilardino, who has been completely swallowed up by Paraguayan center backs Paulo Da Silva and Antolin Alcaraz.
And that's the end of the first half. Italy dominated possession and showed far greater intent, but Paraguay took advantage of the only clear chance by either side in the entire half, grabbing a set-piece goal from defender Antolin Alcaraz to lead the defending champs 1-0.
The referee signals for just one minute of injury time in this first half.
The news keeps getting worse for Italy, as Cannavaro is visibly limping after slipping on the wet turf.
Goal Antolín Alcaraz
GOAL!!! Paraguay improbably takes the lead off a set piece, as defender Antolin Alcaraz beats both Fabio Cannavaro and De Rossi, heading past Gigi Buffon. If Paraguay was playing defensively before...
For all their huffing and puffing, Italy have created very little themselves. Gilardino has been starved for service with Marchisio struggling to impose himself.
This is dreadful stuff from Paraguay so far. Gigi Buffon could just about have taken a nap in the first 30 minutes or so. Cristian Riveros needs to get more involved for the South Americans.
A very dangerous foul for Italy on the left side after Criscito is taken down, but Claudio Marchisio's delivery is easily cleared out for a corner. The ensuing corner causes greater problems, but is also eventually cleared out.
Italy has been the better team, but they lack something going forward, which begs the question of how the likes of Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi could be left off this team.
A horrible giveaway by Paraguay leads to the first shot on goal of the game by Montolivo, but Paraguay comes right back with Aureliano Torres, whose shot from the edge of the area trickles wide. Some end to end stuff now.
Paraguay earns its first corner of the match in just about its first foray into Italy's half, as Domenico Criscito deflects a cross by Enrique Vera out of bounds.
A dangerous cross by Zambrotta sails over the head of Gilardino in the box.
Vincenzo Iaquinta is mauled in the box by Morel Rodriguez, but not before being whistled for offsides after Gilardino's deflected shot.
It has started to rain heavily in Cape Town and the fans love it. Go figure.
Danielle De Rossi (sporting a full beard today) is clipped from behind on the edge of the Paraguay box following a nice run, but the referee doesn't spot the foul. Italy in complete control so far.
Paraguay struggling mightily to get in this game. Strikers Nelson Valdez and Lucas Barrios have yet to touch the ball, which is not surprising consideing the ultra defensive midfield fielded by Martino.
Italy attacks down the left side and Simone Pepe almost gets on the end of a teasing cross. The move breaks down when Ginaluca Zambrotta is whistled for a foul.
Italy earns a corner with its first attack down the right flank, but Simone Pepe's delivery is easily cleared by Paraguay.
The match is underway with Italy wearing blue and attacking from left to right.
Both teams are out on the field and the national anthems are being played.
Paraguay promised a more attacking side at this World Cup, but manager Gerardo Martino has left both Roque Santa Cruz and Oscar Cardozo -- who have battled injury problems -- on the bench. Paraguay is of course already without Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in the head earler this year in Mexico City.
Lots of interesting lineup news for both sides. Riccardo Montolivo has beaten out Angelo Palombo as the replacement for the injured Andrea Pirlo in the center of the field. Marcello Lippi also opts for Alberto Gilardino instead of Giampaolo Pazzini in attack. He'll be flanked by Simone Pepe and Vincenzo Iaquinta, with Claudio Marchisio playing in the hole.
Hello everyone, David Mosse here for my first ever live commentary. I'll be taking you through the opening match of Group F, as holders Italy begin defense of their crown against Paraguay in Cape Town.