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  • Date:24 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ellis Park
  • Attendance:53,412
Goal!

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96mins

Simone Pepe produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

94mins

Erik Jendrisek goes off and Martin Petras comes on.

93mins

Jan Mucha fouled by Giorgio Chiellini, the ref awards a free kick. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.

92mins

Fabio Quagliarella fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Slovakia 3-2 Italy.Assist by Daniele De Rossi.

89mins

Kamil Kopunek scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Slovakia 3-1 Italy.Peter Pekarik provided the assist for the goal.

88mins

The ball is swung over by Simone Pepe, Jan Mucha makes a save.

86mins

(Slovakia) makes a substitution, with Kamil Kopunek coming on for Zdenko Strba.

85mins

Fabio Quagliarella is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jan Mucha.

85mins

Simone Pepe delivers the ball.

84mins

Antonio Di Natale takes a shot. Peter Pekarik gets a block in.

84mins

The ball is sent over by Antonio Di Natale, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

83mins

Fabio Quagliarella goes into the referee's book for dissent.

82mins

Jan Mucha goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

81mins

Fabio Quagliarella takes a shot. Save made by Jan Mucha. Antonio Di Natale grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Slovakia 2-1 Italy.Fabio Quagliarella provided the assist for the goal.

80mins

The ball is swung over by Miroslav Stoch, clearance by Giorgio Chiellini.

79mins

Foul by Zdenko Strba on Antonio Di Natale, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Antonio Di Natale. The offside flag is raised against Antonio Di Natale. Free kick taken by Jan Mucha.

76mins

Simone Pepe challenges Miroslav Stoch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jan Durica.

76mins

The ball is crossed by Simone Pepe, blocked by Marek Hamsik.

75mins

The ball is sent over by Simone Pepe, Peter Pekarik manages to make a clearance.

72mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Miroslav Stoch, Fabio Cannavaro manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Marek Hamsik, clearance made by Giorgio Chiellini. Marek Hamsik crosses the ball, Robert Vittek gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Slovakia 2-0 Italy.Assist by Marek Hamsik.

71mins

A cross is delivered by Vincenzo Iaquinta, Jan Durica makes a clearance.

69mins

Miroslav Stoch produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

69mins

The ball is swung over by Simone Pepe, clearance made by Jan Durica.

67mins

Giorgio Chiellini receives a caution for dissent.

66mins

The ball is crossed by Simone Pepe, blocked by Marek Hamsik. Simone Pepe decides to take a short corner. Effort from 12 yards by Fabio Quagliarella. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.

66mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Miroslav Stoch on Cristian Maggio. Free kick taken by Federico Marchetti.

64mins

Outswinging corner taken by Miroslav Stoch, Headed effort from inside the area by Juraj Kucka misses to the left of the target.

63mins

Effort from long distance by Juraj Kucka goes wide right of the target.

62mins

Antonio Di Natale takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Jan Mucha.

61mins

Foul by Marek Hamsik on Andrea Pirlo, free kick awarded. Giorgio Chiellini takes the free kick.

60mins

Unfair challenge on Cristian Maggio by Robert Vittek results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Federico Marchetti.

59mins

The ball is sent over by Fabio Quagliarella, save made by Jan Mucha.

57mins

Foul by Cristian Maggio on Marek Hamsik, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Miroslav Stoch, clearance made by Giorgio Chiellini.

56mins

Effort from inside the area by Antonio Di Natale misses to the right of the target. Andrea Pirlo on for Riccardo Montolivo.

54mins

Juraj Kucka has an effort at goal. Blocked by Fabio Cannavaro.

52mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marek Hamsik on Fabio Cannavaro. Fabio Cannavaro restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

Centre by Simone Pepe, Headed effort from inside the area by Vincenzo Iaquinta misses to the left of the target.

50mins

Peter Pekarik challenges Fabio Quagliarella unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Pekarik goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Daniele De Rossi takes the free kick.

49mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robert Vittek. Free kick taken by Federico Marchetti.

49mins

The ball is crossed by Antonio Di Natale, Shot by Riccardo Montolivo from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

47mins

Foul by Vincenzo Iaquinta on Martin Skrtel, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jan Durica.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Robert Vittek by Giorgio Chiellini results in a free kick. Juraj Kucka takes the free kick. Effort from 25 yards by Jan Durica. Blocked by Giorgio Chiellini. Juraj Kucka takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

46mins

Jan Durica fouled by Vincenzo Iaquinta, the ref awards a free kick. Jan Mucha takes the free kick.

46mins

Fabio Quagliarella is brought on as a substitute for Gennaro Gattuso. Cristian Maggio comes on in place of Domenico Criscito.

40mins

The ball is sent over by Gennaro Gattuso, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance. Corner taken by Antonio Di Natale played to the near post, clearance by Miroslav Stoch. Outswinging corner taken by Antonio Di Natale, Giorgio Chiellini takes a shot. Save made by Jan Mucha.

39mins

Robert Vittek challenges Fabio Cannavaro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Vittek is cautioned. Daniele De Rossi takes the direct free kick.

38mins

Riccardo Montolivo produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

37mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Cannavaro by Erik Jendrisek. Giorgio Chiellini restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Marek Hamsik crosses the ball, Gianluca Zambrotta manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Miroslav Stoch takes a inswinging corner.

34mins

Fabio Cannavaro concedes a free kick for a foul on Marek Hamsik. Free kick taken by Miroslav Stoch. Zdenko Strba has an effort at goal. Save made by Federico Marchetti.

32mins

Effort on goal by Miroslav Stoch from 25 yards. Blocked by Fabio Cannavaro. Zdenko Strba concedes a free kick for a foul on Simone Pepe. Riccardo Montolivo takes the direct free kick.

31mins

The ball is swung over by Robert Vittek, blocked by Domenico Criscito.

30mins

Unfair challenge on Juraj Kucka by Fabio Cannavaro results in a free kick. The referee books Fabio Cannavaro for unsporting behaviour. Radoslav Zabavnik takes the direct free kick.

29mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jan Durica on Riccardo Montolivo. Free kick taken by Daniele De Rossi. Antonio Di Natale challenges Miroslav Stoch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Riccardo Montolivo concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pekarik. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Miroslav Stoch, Vincenzo Iaquinta makes a clearance.

27mins

Corner taken right-footed by Miroslav Stoch from the right by-line to the near post, Vincenzo Iaquinta manages to make a clearance.

26mins

Simone Pepe fouled by Radoslav Zabavnik, the ref awards a free kick. Gennaro Gattuso restarts play with the free kick. Simone Pepe produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

25mins

Robert Vittek finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Slovakia 1-0 Italy.Juraj Kucka provided the assist for the goal.

25mins

A cross is delivered by Radoslav Zabavnik, blocked by Giorgio Chiellini.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Vincenzo Iaquinta by Radoslav Zabavnik results in a free kick. Daniele De Rossi restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

Gennaro Gattuso gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juraj Kucka. Miroslav Stoch restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

Outswinging corner taken by Miroslav Stoch.

19mins

Simone Pepe takes a shot. Save made by Jan Mucha.

18mins

Unfair challenge on Simone Pepe by Radoslav Zabavnik results in a free kick. Simone Pepe restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giorgio Chiellini by Robert Vittek. Antonio Di Natale takes the direct free kick. Daniele De Rossi takes a shot. Erik Jendrisek gets a block in. The ball is swung over by Vincenzo Iaquinta, clearance made by Radoslav Zabavnik.

16mins

Zdenko Strba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gennaro Gattuso. Zdenko Strba is shown a yellow card. Daniele De Rossi takes the direct free kick.

15mins

A cross is delivered by Marek Hamsik, save by Federico Marchetti.

14mins

Riccardo Montolivo concedes a free kick for a foul on Zdenko Strba. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.

14mins

Unfair challenge on Jan Durica by Vincenzo Iaquinta results in a free kick. Jan Durica takes the free kick.

12mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Vittek by Gennaro Gattuso. Miroslav Stoch delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Federico Marchetti. Effort from long distance by Radoslav Zabavnik goes wide right of the target.

10mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Domenico Criscito by Zdenko Strba. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Antonio Di Natale from left wing, Foul by Vincenzo Iaquinta on Jan Durica, free kick awarded. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Foul by Juraj Kucka on Giorgio Chiellini, free kick awarded. Fabio Cannavaro restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Foul by Peter Pekarik on Gennaro Gattuso, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Giorgio Chiellini.

6mins

Effort on goal by Marek Hamsik from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Riccardo Montolivo on Erik Jendrisek. Direct free kick taken by Radoslav Zabavnik.

5mins

Peter Pekarik delivers the ball, save by Federico Marchetti.

3mins

Antonio Di Natale fouled by Marek Hamsik, the ref awards a free kick. Fabio Cannavaro restarts play with the free kick. Vincenzo Iaquinta produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

1mins

Right-footed shot by Antonio Di Natale went wide left of the goal.

The match begins.

The half-time whistle blows.

The match restarts for the second half.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Weiss unrepentant ahead of Slovakia decider Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss stopped short of apologising to journalists after using abusive words and making threats to the media at a briefing on Tuesday, claiming some reporters brought "unhappiness" to the game. The Slovakians are preparing for their final match in World Cup Group F on Thursday, where they need a win over world champions Italy at Ellis Park to have a chance of reaching the knockout phase. Weiss did not take kindly to a question asked at a team camp briefing on Tuesday, muttering an obscenity at the gathered media and allegedly threatening to punch one journalist, and did not seem too repentant about it today. "I would like to come back to my relationship with Slovakian journalists after that unfortunate situation yesterday," he said. "I am really sorry what happened between us and I am sorry for the relationship we are having at the moment but I can't apologise. I am in football for people who like us, who love football and who respect this game. "I am working in this area because I want football to bring us luck, but some of you work in your area because you want to bring unhappiness to people - at least that is my feeling from your articles." Italy coach Marcello Lippi was remaining calm ahead of his team's final match. The world champions have drawn their opening two matches against Paraguay and New Zealand and head into tomorrow's match in Johannesburg second in their pool. They are level on points with the All Whites and two points behind leaders Paraguay. "We haven't been tormented by this wait, the confidence is there," said Lippi. "We haven't done that well so far and we must do better. "But we don't want this to be our last game. My lads have a great spirit and we just have to improve, especially in attack. "We want to go through to the knock-out round."

Formation:4411Manager: Vladimir Weiss

Slovakia

Formation: 433Manager: Marcelo Lippi

Italy

  • Jan Mucha
  • Peter Pekarik
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Jan Durica
  • Radoslav Zabavnik
  • Marek Hamsik
  • Zdenko Strba
  • Juraj Kucka
  • Miroslav Stoch
  • Robert Vittek
  • Erik Jendrisek
  • SUBS
  • Dusan Pernis
  • Marek Cech
  • Vladimir Weiss
  • Jan Kozak
  • Stanislav Sestak
  • Marek Sapara
  • Filip Holosko
  • Martin Jakubko
  • Kamil Kopunek
  • Kornel Salata
  • Martin Petras
  • Dusan Kuciak

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Match Report

Italy crash out as Sloavkia progress Champions Italy crashed out of the World Cup as first-time qualifiers Slovakia booked a surprising place in the last 16, with English referee Howard Webb and his assistants denying the Azzurri what looked like a valid equaliser. Robert Vittek's brace put Slovakia in control but Antonio Di Natale halved the deficit and Fabio Quagliarella looked like he had levelled it at 2-2, but an offside decision went against him. Substitute Kamil Kopunek made it 3-1 to Slovakia before Quagliarella's brilliant lob gave Italy fleeting hope, but they could not find a third to save their skins and joined fellow 2006 finalists France in bowing out of the tournament. Italy started positively enough with Di Natale's volley almost catching out Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha inside the first 30 seconds. Vincenzo Iaquinta then dragged a shot well wide after good link-up play with Di Natale before Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, Slovakia's star man and captain, miscued a volley after the ball was flicked on to him by Vittek. Iaquinta had the ball in the net after 10 minutes but Webb had already blown for a foul by the Juventus forward on defender Jan Durica in the box. Webb produced his first yellow card for Slovakia midfielder Zdenko Strba, who caught the hard-tackling Gennaro Gattuso late. Slovakia had to win to go through and they forged ahead in the 25th minute when Daniele De Rossi's stray pass was picked up by Juraj Kucka and he rolled a pass forward to Vittek who directed a low right-foot shot past Italy goalkeeper Federico Marchetti from the edge of the box. Strba could have made it 2-0 with a fierce 30-yard drive which Marchetti had to dive to his right to push wide for a corner as the half entered its final 10 minutes. Italy were lacking in inspiration and a speculative Riccardo Montolivo effort from long range drifted harmlessly wide. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel had to head over his own crossbar from a floated Gattuso cross, and the AC Milan battler then cut open Strba's knee in a tackle. The midfielder asked to continue though, with substitute Kamil Kopunek returning to his seat. Slovakia ended the half on a high and almost conjured the goal of the tournament when Vittek cleverly worked the ball back to Kucka for a viciously-struck volley which flashed into the side-netting. Italy brought on forward Quagliarella for Gattuso and Christian Maggio for Domenico Criscito at half-time and they created the first opening of the second half when Iaquinta headed off target from a Simone Pepe cross. Di Natale should have done better when played in by Maggio after 55 minutes, skewing a shot wide with only Mucha to beat. The biggest Italian cheer of the afternoon to that point greeted Andrea Pirlo's introduction in place of Montolivo, as Azzurri fans hoped he held the key to their revival in the match. Di Natale hit 29 Serie A goals for Udinese last season but could not find a way past Slovakia as a curling shot from the edge of the box was held by Mucha. Italy came within a whisker of an equaliser when Pepe's cross sailed over Mucha's head and Quagliarella fired goalwards with the keeper committed, but Skrtel got back to block on the goalline. The holders were taking more chances, allowing Slovakia to find more space on the break and Miroslav Stoch flashed one shot across Marchetti's goal. The game looked up for the champions though in the 73rd minute when Hamsik half-volleyed the ball across from the right and Vittek got to it before Giorgio Chiellini to steer it in at the near post. Italy pulled one back with nine minutes to go after a clever one-two with Iaquinta played Quagliarella in and when Mucha parried his shot, Di Natale was on hand to prod the ball in. There was then a skirmish inside the goal as Quagliarella scrapped with Mucha to retrieve the ball, with Webb booking both men. Quagliarella thought he had equalised when he turned home a Di Natale cross from the left, but the Napoli man was flagged offside by Darren Cann in the tightest of decisions. A throw-in by Peter Pekarik then caught Italy sleeping and substitute Kopunek raced through to lob the ball over Marchetti. Quagliarella pulled one back with a sublime lob but Pepe fluffed their final chance deep into stoppage time.

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