Group F – Paraguay and Slovakia qualify

Paraguay and Slovakia have finished first and second in Group F to qualify for the knockout Round of 16 with New Zealand and Italy both bowing out of the tournament.

Paraguay had a 0-0 draw with New Zealand to finish top of Group F while Slovakia pulled off a wonderful 3-2 victory over Italy to claim second spot with four points and eliminate defending champions Italy.

Paraguay finished on top of Group F with 5 points, with Slovakia 4, New Zealand 3 and a disappointing Italy bottom of the group on 2 points.

Slovakia vs Italy Result

Slovakia 3
Italy 2

25m R. Vittek (Slo)
73m R. Vittek (Slo))
81m A.D. Natale (Ita)
89m K. Kopunek (Slo)
90m F. Quagliarella (Ita)

17m Z. Strba (Slo)
31m F. Cannavaro (Ita)
40m R. Vittek (Slo)
50m P. Pekarik (Slo)
67m G. Chiellini (Ita)
76m S. Pepe (Ita)
82m J. Mucha (Slo)
83m F. Quagliarella (Ita)

Slovakia
Jan Mucha, Peter Pekarik, Martin Skrtel, Jan Durica, Radoslav Zabavnik, Juraj Kucka, Zdeno Strba, Marek Hamsik, Robert Vittek, Miroslav Stoch, Erik Jendrisek
Subs:

87m Kamil Kopunek/Zdeno Strba, 90m Martin Petras/Robert Vittek, 90m Stanislav Sestak/Erik Jendrisek

Italy
Federico Marchetti, Gianluca Zambrotta, Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Domenico Criscito,
Gennaro Gattuso, Daniele De Rossi, Riccardo Montolivo, Simone Pepe, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Antonio Di Natale
Subs:

46m Christian Maggio/Domenico Criscito, 46m Fabio Quagliarella/Gennaro Gattuso, 56m Andrea Pirlo/Riccardo Montolivo

Paraguay vs New Zealand Result

Paraguay 0
New Zealand 0

10m Victor Caceres (Pa)
42m Roque Santa Cruz (Pa)
56m Ryan Nelsen (NZ)

Paraguay
Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, John Mensah, Jonathan Mensah, Hans Sarpei, Anthony Annan, Prince Tagoe, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah, André Ayew, Asamoah Gyan
Subs:
66m Lucas Barrios/Oscar Cardozo, 66m Edgar Benitez/Nelson Haedo Valdez

New Zealand
Mark Paston, Winston Reid, Ryan Nelsen, Tommy Smith, Leo Bertos, Simon Elliott, Ivan Vicelich, Tony Lochhead, Chris Killen, Rory Fallon, Shane Smeltz
Subs:
69m Chris Wood/Rory Fallon, 79m Jeremy Brockie/Chris Killen

Group F Final Table

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 PARAGUAY 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
2 SLOVAKIA 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
3 New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
4 Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Paraguay will play the Group E runner-up in the Round of 16 knockout matches and Slovakia will play the winner of Group E.

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