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Thursday, 24th June 2010
Champions Out

Group F Match

Slovakia vs Italy
in Jo'burg Ellis Park

The World Champions were in danger of losing their grip on the trophy before the game kicked off.

Slovakia started better than Italy and were rewarded in the 25th minute, when a Daniele De Rossi mistake allowed Robert Vittek to score from the edge of the penalty area, past the outstretched hand of Federico Marchetti.

Italy didn't have a single shot on target in the first forty-five minutes.

Half-time: 1:0

Marcello Lippi made two changes at the break, then brought on Andrea Pirlo for Riccardo Montolivo ten minutes later.

The substitutions almost paid dividends in the 67th minute, when Fabio Quagliarella's volley was cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel.

Robert Vittek might have thought he finished Italy off, when he ran in front of Giorgio Chiellini to flick in his second goal against the World Champions.

But Italy replied when Antonio Di Natale was first to the ball after Jan Mucha could only palm away Quagliarella's shot.

Quagliarella then put the ball in the net himslf, but was flagged for offside. So close.

Then the fresh legs of Kamil Kopunek ran on to punish a sloppy Italian backpass.

The Italians weren't prepared to lie down, as Fabio Quagliarella scored a thuderous goal in injury time. But time ran out for the Azzuri as Slovakia progressed to the knockout stage.

Final Score:
Slovakia 3 Italy 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Robert Vittek (25 mins)
2:0 Robert Vittek (73 mins)
2:1 Antonio Di Natale (76 mins)
3:1 Kamil Kopunek (89 mins)
3:2 Fabio Quagliarella (92 mins)

Man of The Match:
Robert Vittek - For scoring two goals as Slovakia took the game to Italy.

Teams

Travel to Slovakia Slovakia:
1 Jan Mucha; 16 Jan Durica, 5 Radoslav Zabavnik, 3 Martin Skrtel, 2 Peter Pekarik; 17 Marek Hamsik, 6 Zdeno Strba, 19 Juraj Kucka, 15 Miroslav Stoch; 11 Robert Vittek, 18 Erik Jendrisek.

Travel to Italy Italy:
12 Federico Marchetti; 3 Domenico Criscito, 4 Giorgio Chiellini, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 22 Riccardo Montolivo, 6 Daniele De Rossi, 8 Gennaro Gattuso; 9 Vincenzo Iaquinta, 10 Antonio Di Natale, 7 Simone Pepe.

Referee:
Howard Webb (England)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Italy) - 2 Christian Maggio on for 3 Domenico Criscito
46 Mins (Italy) - 18 Fabio Quagliarella on for 8 Gennaro Gattuso
56 Mins (Italy) - 21 Andrea Pirlo on for 22 Riccardo Montolivo
87 Mins (Slovakia) - 20 Kamil Kopunek on for 6 Zdeno Strba
92 Mins (Slovakia) - 9 Stanislav Sestak on for 11 Robert Vittek
94 Mins (Slovakia) - 22 Martin Petras on for 18 Erik Jendrisek

Yellow Cards 8 Yellow Cards:
17 Mins - Zdeno Strba (Slovakia)
31 Mins - Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
40 Mins - Robert Vittek (Slovakia)
50 Mins - Peter Pekarik (Slovakia)
67 Mins - Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)
76 Mins - Simone Pepe (Italy)
82 Mins - Jan Mucha (Slovakia)
83 Mins - Fabio Quagliarella (Italy)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Paraguay vs New Zealand.

Previous Encounters:
Italy won the 1998 Catania friendly against Slovakia (3:0).

The Italians also won their two World Cup Finals matches against Czechoslovakia: (2:0) at Italy 1990; and (2:1), after extra-time, in the Italy 1934 World Cup Final.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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