World Cup 2010: Italy Eliminated by Slovakia, Japan Advances

The FIFA World Cup 2010 continued Thursday, June 24 in South Africa. Matches featured Slovakia vs Italy, Paraguay vs New Zealand, Denmark vs Japan and Cameroon vs Netherlands.

Italy, the defending World Cup champions had a stunning loss against Slovakia, losing 3-2 and eliminating them from the 2010 World Cup. Slovakia will move on to the next round.

Robert Vittek scored two of the three Slovakia goals and Kamil Kopunek scored one of the three for Slovakia. Antonio Di Natale and Fabio Quagliarella scored the goals for Italy.

“Tonight,” Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso said, “we touched rock bottom.”

“We’ve shown that we’re not here for a holiday,” said Slovakia forward Erik Jendrisek.

Paraguay and New Zealand had a draw at 0-0. Despite not winning the game, Paraguay still won World Cup Group F and will advance to the Round of 16.

No one scored a goal for either team.

“It was a very hard match, but in the end it was the most important thing to qualify,” Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino said. “We had many problems in our attack today, to get through their defense. But the result is in our favor.”

Japan beat Denmark, 3-1. The Japanese win advances Japan to the next round and eliminates Denmark from the competition.

Jon Dahl Tomasson scored the one goal for Denmark. Keisuke Honda, Yasuhito Endo and Shinji Okazaki each scored one goal for Japan.

“For Japan it’s a big win,” Keisuke Honda of Japan said. “I’m glad we won but I am not satisfied. The next game is more important. I want to show the Japanese that nothing is impossible.”

The Netherlands beat Cameroon, 2-1, winning Group E in the first round.

Cameroon lost all three of its matches.

Samuel Eto’o scored Cameroon’s one goal. Robin Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar each scored a goal for the Dutch.

“Our play was good,” Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands said. “We can be really pleased with this.”

Friday, June 25, 2010 World Cup matches will include North Korea vs Ivory Coast, Portugal vs Brazil, Switzerland vs Honduras and Chili vs Spain.

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