Webb de­nies the Ital­ians

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

SLO­VAKIA ............................. 3 ITALY..................................... 2 CHAm­PI­oNS Italy crashed out of the world Cup as first-time qual­i­fiers Slo­vakia booked a sur­pris­ing place in the last 16, with english ref­eree Howard webb and his as­sis­tants deny­ing the Az­zurri an equaliser with the tight­est of off­side de­ci­sions.

Robert Vit­tek’s brace put Slo­vakia in con­trol but An­to­nio Di Natale halved the deficit and Fabio Quagliarella looked like he had lev­elled it at 2-2, but an off­side de­ci­sion went against him.

Sub­sti­tute Kamil Kop­unek made it 3-1 to Slo­vakia be­fore Quagliarella’s bril­liant lob gave Italy fleet­ing hope, but they could not find a third to save their skins and they joined fel­low 2006 fi­nal­ists France in bow­ing out of the tour­na­ment at the group stage.

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