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Boss Vladimir Weiss delighted with Slovakia progression

Highlights - Slovakia 3-2 Italy

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss says his side's qualification for the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-2 win over Italy is "the second best day of my life".

The result saw Slovakia finish second in Group F, eliminating holders Italy who failed to win in South Africa.

"It's unbelievable, a fantastic day; after the birth of my son it's the second best day of my life," he said.

"There was big pressure in the last 10 minutes but we played a fantastic game and the better team won."

Robert Vittek scored a goal in each half for Slovakia, who needed a win to guarantee their passage into the knockout stages in their first World Cup.

With a little under 10 minutes remaining, Antonio Di Natale pulled one back for the Italy, who themselves needed a draw to progress, but Slovakia substitute Kamil Kopunek restored their two-goal advantage.

Fabio Quagliarella coolly chipped in a second for the Azzurri in injury time to ensure a frantic finale, but Slovakia held out.

"We had good preparation for the match with the staff and the players," Weiss continued.

"I want to say thanks to the people of Slovakia, who followed us to South Africa, I am very proud of my team, they played a very high level for 80 minutes and the better team won.

"Today we are happy people and this is a celebration. I believe today everyone is celebrating in the streets. I want to tell my wife that I love her."

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