June 24th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Defending champion Italy knocked out of World Cup

Italy's World Cup title defense came to an embarrassing end with a dramatic 3-2 defeat by European footballing minnows Slovakia on Thursday

The Azzurri followed 2006 runners-up France in making a first-round exit despite a frantic finale in which they had a goal disallowed.

Slovakia progressed into the last 16 along with Paraguay, who topped Group F despite a 0-0 draw with New Zealand.

The Kiwis were knocked out of the tournament despite finishing unbeaten with three draws - a sharp contrast to their only other finals appearance in 1982 which ended with three defeats.

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  1. damiao

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    June 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |