By Wyatt Earp | June 24, 2010
And we’re moving on to the elimination round! Boosh and/or
Reigning champions Italy crashed out of the World Cup on Thursday, losing 3-2 to Slovakia, who reached the last 16 along with Paraguay after the South Americans’ 0-0 draw with Group F rivals New Zealand.
Robert Vittek was Slovakia’s hero with two goals before Kamil Kopunek’s clincher against a poor Italian side who finished bottom of the group and for whom Antonio Di Natale and Fabio Quagliarella netted consolation strikes. Paraguay topped the group after their stalemate with New Zealand left them on five points to four for the Slovaks, who are appearing in their first finals.
There is no way to overestimate how huge this is for Slovakia. Beating the defending World Cup champions to make the elimination round for the first time? Freakin’. Epic. And it makes Casa de Earp a happy place to be, as the U.S., Germany (where the missus’ family is from) and Slovakia all made it into the next round.