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Last Updated: Thursday June 24 2010 17:50 GMT

Italy out of the World Cup

Fabio Cannavaro of Italy attempts to block the cross by Erik Jendrisek of Slovakia

Reigning World Cup champions Italy have been knocked out of the tournament by Slovakia.

Slovakia beat the Italians 3-2 in one of the most exciting matches of the competition so far.

Italy drew with Paraguay and New Zealand before losing 3-2 to Slovakia, who are ranked 34th in the world.

It means Italy finish at the bottom of Group F and won't make it past the group stages for the first time since 1974!



Italy won the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

Slovakia will now go though second in the group behind Paraguay - while Italy and New Zealand are going home.