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Defending champion Italy goes home

Scores/June 24

Group F

Slovakia 3, Italy 2

Paraguay 0, New Zealand 0

Group E

Japan 3, Denmark 1

Netherlands 2, Cameroon 1

Goal scorers

Robert Vittek 2 (Slovakia)

Kamil Kopunek (Slovakia)

Antonio Di Natale (Italy)

Fabio Quagliarella (Italy)

Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)

Robin Van Persie (Netherlands)

Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands)

Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark)

Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Yasuhito Endo (Japan)

Shinji Okazaki (Japan)

Match of the day

Defending champion Italy knocked out of World Cup 2010 following 3-2 loss to Slovakia

JOHANNESBURG — World Cup 2006 champion Italy was eliminated from World Cup 2010 South Africa following a 3-2 loss to Slovakia in the final Group F match.

Martin Vittek scored two of Slovakia’s goals (mins. 24 and 72), while Kamil Kopunek scored in the 88th minute. Italy’s goals came from Antonio Di Natale (min. 80) and Fabio Quagliarella (min. 91).

With the win, Slovakia wrapped up second place in Group F with four points, while Italy was last with two points. Paraguay, which tied 0-0 with New Zealand, won the grup with five points.

Quote

“I assume complete responsibility for this failure. I was convinced this squad could do a lot better than that – not win the World Cup, but do a lot better. When a team goes into a match as important as this with fear in the stomachs and paralysis in their legs, it’s because the coach hasn’t prepared them well enough mentally, physically and tactically, but above all mentally. That’s obvious. I offer my apologies to Italian sport, the players, the football association – everyone. I’m very sad that my adventure with the Italian football association has come to an end in this fashion. Thank you to everyone for all my years at the helm of La Nazionale and good luck to my successor.”- Marcello Lippi, Italy coach

Friday’s matches/June 25

Group G

Brazil vs. Portugal, 7 a.m.

North Korea vs. Ivory Coast, 7 a.m.

Group H

Chile vs. Spain, 11:30 a.m.

Switzerland vs. Honduras, 11:30 a.m.

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