FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010

Season 1 Episode 41

Slovakia vs. Italy

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Aired Daily 7:00 AM Jun 24, 2010 on ESPN
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Group F, Match 41: Slovakia vs. Italy, 4:00 PM, Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg.

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      • Italy Coach Marcello Lippi: I assume complete responsibility for this failure. I was convinced this squad could do a lot better than that – not win the World Cup, but do a lot better. When a team goes into a match as important as this with fear in the stomachs and paralysis in their legs, it's because the coach hasn't prepared them well enough mentally, physically and tactically, but above all mentally. That's obvious. I offer my apologies to Italian sport, the players, the football association – everyone. I'm very sad that my adventure with the Italian football association has come to an end in this fashion. Thank you to everyone for all my years at the helm of La Nazionale and good luck to my successor.

      • Slovakia Coach Vladimir Weiss: This is a fantastic day for Slovakia and the second greatest day of my life after the birth of my son. We were under pressure before we took on the reigning champions, but we prepared for this match perfectly. I'm proud of my players. They put in a performance of the very highest level and played a fantastic game. I thank all the Slovakia fans who made the trip here.

      • Slovakia Forward and Man of the Match Robert Vittek: This is a huge win. We've pushed the boundaries of Slovakian football. We never would have dared dream of this. I'm overjoyed. We proved that we're capable of great things. My individual performance doesn't matter; only the performance of the team counts. But, of course, to be chosen as Man of the Match means a lot to me. I'd just like to be able to break up this trophy and give a little piece to every one of my team-mates. I was simply there in the right place at the right time to score those two goals.

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