• FT

    Paraguay

    0

    New Zealand

    0

  • FT

    Slovakia

    3

    Italy

    2

  • FT

    Cameroon

    1

    Netherlands

    2

  • FT

    Denmark

    1

    Japan

    3

FIFA WORLD CUP

Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Referee: Howard Webb | Attendance: 53412

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Slovakia

  • Robert Vittek 25'
  • Robert Vittek 73'
  • Kamil Kopunek 89'

3 - 2

FT

Italy

  • Antonio Di Natale 81'
  • Fabio Quagliarella 90' +2'
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  •  

    Chris Jones: Take it easy, everybody. Thanks for joining us.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Afternoon everybody. Keep checking the page for the good word.

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    Chris Jones: Onward!

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    Chris Jones: It's been fun for me, Leander baby.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Is this World Cup fun or what?

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    Chris Jones: I wish I knew the score two hours ago... I would have been playing a collect call to Vegas.

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    Chris Jones: Another day in South Africa, another huge upset.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakians applauding their supporters... Great result for their first World Cup as an independent nation.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    no way italy isnt the best

  •  

    [Comment from Rap Cat]
    Honestly Italy deserves to not make it out of the group with the way they have played.

  •  

    [Comment from Upset of the tournament]
    Italy deserves it with the way they play

  •  

    [Comment from USA Bandwagon]
    Plenty of room for you here!

  •  

    [Comment from Skanvas Faziaskaski]
    From First to Worst in 4 Years...

  •  

    [Comment from IT_FAN LA]
    WHAT AN AMAZING yet SAD GAME

  •  

    [Comment from Nessy]
    Who does Italy play next??? Ohhhh wait....

  •  

    [Comment from David]
    Farewell, to the best team in the field...

  •  

    [Comment from L Train]
    Italy out. Greece out. Guess I need to root for Team USA

  •  

    Chris Jones: Instead, they're last in the group.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy]
    Italy won't keep the trophy in 2010!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Had Italy played the way they did for the last twenty minutes, they would have been unbeaten.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    Good game!

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    [Comment from Guido]
    So what Slovakia you got a win you wanna fight about it?

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    [Comment from ier32824]
    yyyyeeeeeeessssssssss Italy is out.........

  •  

    Chris Jones: Amazing... This World Cup has been incredible so far.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italians are in tears, Slovaks celebrating.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Fabio Cannavaro, who just four years ago lifted the World Cup is sauntering off the field.

  •  

    Chris Jones: NZ third, Italy in the bottom.

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    Chris Jones: Paraguay first, Slovakia second.

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    Chris Jones: 3-2 Slovakia!

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    Chris Jones: What a game!

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    Chris Jones: Italy is out!

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    Chris Jones: It's over!

  •  

    [Comment from WTF]
    First 10 minute stoppage time ever?

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    Chris Jones: Paraguay-NZ over, 0-0.

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    [Comment from me]
    blow the whistle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: A lousy game has turned into something magical.

  •  

    [Comment from Italian FIFA delegate]
    For every minute Italy doesn't score, we add a minute of extra time.

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    Chris Jones: This has been a crazy finish.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Taking his sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet time.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We're in the 96th minute, with only four minutes of extra time credited.

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    Chris Jones: ANother Slovak down.

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    Chris Jones: Bench thought they had it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: So close!

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    Chris Jones: OH! That could have been it.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Pepe missed to the left!

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    Chris Jones: No idea how much more time will be on.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Stoch stays down. Referee not happy.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakian clear. Desperate now.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Four minutes now up... Depends how much the referee adds.

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    Chris Jones: Jendrisek out for Petras.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakian sub... More time burning.

  •  

    [Comment from Katie]
    Jesus, I wonder how many heart attacks will be credited to this World Cup.

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    As entertaining as this match has been to follow, it'd be funny if NZL got a late goal and sent both of these teams home.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mucha is milking it. Hard.

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    Chris Jones: He's going to stay down till next Wednesday.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Chiellini fouls Mucha.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Italy gets a shot off but the shot had gone!

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    Chris Jones: Fingers cramping!

  •  

    [Comment from Landon Donovan]
    That's my line!

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    [Comment from Andy]
    This game is INSANE

  •  

    [Comment from Darkmonkey13]
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If Italy scores another they're through? If Slovakia holds on THEY are through!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Perfect touch.

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    Chris Jones: Great shot from outside the box, just over the keeper and under the bar.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or are they?

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    Chris Jones: 3-2!

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    Chris Jones: QUAGLIARELLA!

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    Chris Jones: GOAL!

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    Chris Jones: For about ten minutes, it looked like Italy was destined to tie and even win. And then Slovakia comes on the counter... Great stuff.

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    Chris Jones: Three in Paraguay-NZ

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    Chris Jones: Four minutes extra time.

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    Chris Jones: Marchetti will get a lot of blame here: 5 goals on 6 shots on target.

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    [Comment from Italian FAT LADY]
    LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  •  

    Chris Jones: What a shocking result.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ladies and gentleman, the world champions are out.

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    Chris Jones: One minute to go.

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    Chris Jones: Beautiful finish.

  •  

    [Comment from US Fan 1422]
    Italy is DONE

  •  

    [Comment from RobNJ]
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

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    Chris Jones: Great goal.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Italy would be the fourth defending champion to be knocked out in the group stage, joining France in 2002, Brazil in 1966 and Italy again in 1950.

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    Chris Jones: Kopunek breaks through on a throw in and chips it over Marchetti.

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    [Comment from Slovakia]
    Goaaaaaallllllll

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    [Comment from Russ]
    YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Sean]
    Did Italy just press too hard?

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    THERE IS A GOD!

  •  

    [Comment from Your Name]
    goooooolllll

  •  

    [Comment from Craig]
    game. set. match.

  •  

    [Comment from Erik]
    Peace out Italy

  •  

    Chris Jones: 3-1!

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    Chris Jones: Magic sub!

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    Chris Jones: KOPUNEK!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And then it was over!

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    Chris Jones: GOAL SLOVAKIA!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The seconds are ticking on the world champions.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Another punch out by Mucha.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italy look unstoppable now.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You really do wonder. It's almost like they couldn't believe they could be eliminated.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Quagliarella has been very good (dive excepted). Pirlo playing well, too.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Why hasn't Italy played like this from the beginning?

  •  

    [Comment from USA]
    Dempsey feels for him

  •  

    Chris Jones: Still scoreless in Paraguay-NZ.

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    Chris Jones: Clock burning time.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakian sub: Strba out, Kopunek in.

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    Offsides negating a goal? NOW it's the equivalent of the US game last night.

  •  

    [Comment from Your Name]
    that wasn soo not offsides!!!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Hard to say... Just offside, maybe, but very close.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think he was offside, by inches.

  •  

    [Comment from DC Chillin\']
    Was he offside or was it a blown call?

  •  

    [Comment from For real?]
    Was it legit or bad call all over again?

  •  

    Chris Jones: That was very close.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Wow.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Quagliarella with the finish and a very close offside call.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Need to see that again.

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    Chris Jones: OFFSIDE!

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    Chris Jones: GOAL!

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    Chris Jones: Six minutes.

  •  

    Chris Jones: This is the Italian equivalent of last night's game for the US.

  •  

    Chris Jones: If Italy ties, they'll go through.

  •  

    [Comment from Guido]
    Italy! Italy! Italy!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italians really pressing now.

  •  

    [Comment from Marcello Lippi]
    Umm...urgency, gentlemen!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Come on Chris]
    "Amazing scenes?" Are you rubbing in to those of us without TVs?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Very pretty finish marred by what came after.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Shameful stuff there. Score the goal and get back to half.

  •  

    [Comment from ITALY]
    Shut that fat lady up!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Qaugliarella a yellow as well. Now that is just.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Wow, amazing scenes here.

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    Chris Jones: Yellow for Mucha. Unjust.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Terrible dive by Quagliarella massive dive after the fact, fighting for the ball with Mucha.

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    Chris Jones: And ball.

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    Chris Jones: Mucha also in net.

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    Chris Jones: And Quagliarella is in the net, rolling around on the ground.

  •  

    [Comment from Mitul]
    Italy is fist pumping all the way to the Jersey Shore - THIS IS A REAL SITUATION!

  •  

    Chris Jones: 2-1!

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    Chris Jones: DI NATALE!

  •  

    Chris Jones: GOAL FOR ITALY!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Nice stop by Paston ifor NZ/

  •  

    Chris Jones: Ten minutes left in both games. Paraguay about to take a close free kick.

  •  

    [Comment from Jersey Shore]
    Will guidos be forced to cheer for the US now? NO! Not their home country

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They don't even seem all that bothered. Marcelo Lippi does. But the players look like they're just putting it on.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Offside anyway, brought back.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Di Natale stopped with a nice aggressive stop by Mucha.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I just don't see the hunger in Italy's game.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Italy was old, France dysfunctional. Old teams tend to trump malfunctioning teams.

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Cinderellas are great for the game, I think. Excitement is good.

  •  

    Chris Jones: France's exit was more spectacular, but I'd say Italy's is more shocking.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They've been terrible.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Who's more disappointing, France or Italy?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You know what? Italy had this coming. They've just not showed up to any of these game.

  •  

    [Comment from USA Hopeful]
    And that Cinderella will be called USA!!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: That game between Italy and NZ, even bigger now than it seemed that night, and that night it seemed plenty big.

  •  

    [Comment from Marc]
    So hard to repeat. We may have another Cinderella.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Still scoreless there.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Don't forget Subotic, he's out too!

  •  

    Chris Jones: A NZ goal would be something now.

  •  

    [Comment from USA]
    How is that Italian thing working for you Guisseppe Rossi!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sorry, folks. Technical issues on my part.

  •  

    [Comment from USA]
    Italy and France both gone early, would be incredible!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Terrible tackle on Stoch. Brutal.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Italy has never come back from two goals down to win or draw a World Cup match.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Pepe with a yellow card.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Shock scoreline in Ellis Park... 2-0 Slovakia. Wow.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Pepe plays it in, Slovakia clears.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Italy is done, done!

  •  

    [Comment from Vanessa]
    I can't believe this!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Fat Italian Lady]
    LALALALALAL

  •  

    [Comment from Me]
    I can hear the fat lady singing!!!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Massive.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Chiellini beaten by Vittek one-on-one, fed by Hamsik.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italy is on the verge... 16 minutes left.

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    Chris Jones: 2-0!

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    Chris Jones: VITTEK AGAIN!

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    Chris Jones: SLOVAKIA!

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    Chris Jones: GOAL!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Trying to type fast.

  •  

    [Comment from Kutzy]
    Holy one liners from Chris

  •  

    Chris Jones: Another corner, opposite side

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakian corner.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Lovely ball by Stoch into the box. Good tackle by Chiellini to foil it.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Very acrobatic.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italian cross punched away by Mucha.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Game is really opening up.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakia clears.

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    Chris Jones: Italians forming another attack here.

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    Chris Jones: Nothing doing in Paraguay-NZ.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Last twenty minutes here might turn into something... Italians subs look good.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Stoch takes a long shot that doesn't miss by that much... Should have done better there. Was pretty open, but didn't finish.

  •  

    [Comment from Giuseppe Rossi]
    I would have scored by now. I should have joined the US team.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Wow. That was right on the line... or maybe, maybe a hair over it.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Skrtel blocked it.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Replay isn't all that conclusive. That was very, very close.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Saved on the line! Italy's campaign literally coming an inch short!

  •  

    Chris Jones: That might have crossed the line. Very close.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Mucha overcommitted... Quagliarella shot -- wow.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Stopped on the line by the defense!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italy pressing.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: The last time Italy did not win any of their group stage matches was in 1982, when they drew all three before going on to win the title.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakia still outhustling the Italians.

  •  

    [Comment from Alanis Morisette]
    You guys don't know anything about what's ironic or not!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: it's long.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner to Slovakia.

  •  

    Chris Jones: So maybe that was ironic: the opposite of the intended effect.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Yeah, I was trying to be funny. It's been that kind of day.

  •  

    [Comment from GrammarGuy]
    That is not irony. That is a coincidence.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Kucka tries the same for the Slovaks and misses the net.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Di Natale with a good attempt -- nice stop by Mucha. Long shot to the right, but not enough pace to beat Mucha.

  •  

    [Comment from New Zealand]
    Chris, don't disrespect us with that comparison, we play better defense.....

  •  

    [Comment from Katie]
    Chris, that's not fair to New Zealand.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I think that might be irony.

  •  

    Chris Jones: typo*

  •  

    Chris Jones: Ha! Just saw my type. "Italy are NZ." Pretty much true.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think he was certainly up there. He's gotten a got bit of press from us. Luke Cyphers wrote a piece about him for The Mag and again for his and Doug McIntyre's Insider USMNT Blog.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul Wall]
    Hey Leander....Why hasn't Michael Bradley gotten more press? Anyone who knows soccer can tell that he has been the best player for US so far this tournament. Agree??

  •  

    [Comment from along for the ride]
    cars, architecture, beautiful women,.. they can't have it all!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Just a reminder: as it stands, Paraguay and Slovakia advance, Italy are NZ would be out.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakia is just pressuring the Italians here... Not letting them out of their end.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Stoch takes a poor free kick for Slovakia.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He's such a deep-lying playmaker though, I don't know that he'll add the length they so lack todya.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    At this point, what does Italy have to lose? Let him have a try, hurt or not.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    Pirlo.. finally!

  •  

    [Comment from Sprah]
    GAMECHANGER

  •  

    Chris Jones: A playmaker, but suffering from a calf injury. Let's see what he does here.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Now this is interesting... Lippi brings in Andrea Pirlo for the first time this WC.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Di Natale was fed a very nice ball but shot it wide right after a poor turn.

  •  

    [Comment from US Wins EURO]
    Never thought the US would be so obviously better than Italy and France.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Italians give away the ball again.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks, man. Very honored to be part of it.

  •  

    [Comment from Boston\'s Boy]
    Just read your America the Beautiful article. Good stuff and welcome to the club of crazy American underdogs

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakia controlling play.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes! The team's mascot will return! Whether they will rub his noggin before the game I know not.

  •  

    [Comment from Victor]
    Is Prez Clinton staying for Saturday?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Still scoreless in Paraguay-NZ.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For more on the worm episode as well as other World Cup misadventures by our crew, check out our World Cup Blog: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/blog/_/name/worldcup2010Blog?cc=3888&ver=us

  •  

    Chris Jones: Mucha looks like he wants to switch teams.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Awesome.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakian keeper is down, but the referee is standing over him telling him to get up.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Very good chance. Should have done better.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Iaquinta misses with a header!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Yellow for Pekarik. Late challenge.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Nothing. Going. On.

  •  

    [Comment from Mykoo]
    Leander ate too many worms yesterday

  •  

    Chris Jones: Diego Maradona is a mad genius.

  •  

    Chris Jones: I predicted that. Although Argentina looks pretty good to me, too.

  •  

    [Comment from ....]
    Was it Leander or Chris that are predicting the Dutch to take it all?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakia unchanged.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Maggio and Quagliarella on for Italy; Criscito and Gattuso out.

  •  

    Chris Jones: We're back on.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Leander got the unenviable task of trying to keep up with the comments today. And grateful as we are for your mighty contributions, it's heard to read that quickly!

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Leander is awefully quiet, he is not feeling up to par today?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Put me in coach!

  •  

    [Comment from Curious]
    So Chris are you planning to take over in goal for the final 45?

  •  

    [Comment from The Intern]
    Still hungover, come on New Zealand

  •  

    [Comment from Gena]
    you two doing basebal would be HILARIOUS

  •  

    Chris Jones: WCs that aren't in Europe or South America tend to have weird results for some reason. Turkey in Japan/Korea, for instance.

  •  

    [Comment from wondering]
    why do you think this world cup has had so many upsets?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't think you grasp the comment, Unheard.

  •  

    Chris Jones: We just asked him if we could do baseball. He said... No.

  •  

    Chris Jones: We're still here, at least, Noel.

  •  

    [Comment from Unheard]
    *insert witty, funny, and original comment here*

  •  

    [Comment from Noel @ Chris/Leander]
    So did we make a good impression for Paul yesterday?

  •  

    [Comment from Cheap Shot]
    Which sentence has never been written, "That's right, Jeff."? C'mon Chris, that's not fair, let's keep it clean in here.

  •  

    Chris Jones: It was a good shot, but not a great shot.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Yeah, Jeremy... I couldn't help but wonder if Buffon would have stopped it.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    speaking of keepers, Marchetti really had a poor reaction on the goal.

  •  

    Chris Jones: That sentence has never before been written.

  •  

    Chris Jones: That's right, Jeff. They lose, they're out. Right now, we're looking at Paraguay and Slovakia advancing.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff Dinelli]
    This is horrible. I bleed blue but this is the worst team I've ever seen. If they lose they're out, right?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Just soccer. But start your letter-writing campaign now.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Bunch of strikers on here.

  •  

    [Comment from Nari]
    Leander and Chris, do you guys only comment on futbol or other sports, too?

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff]
    Goalies are just soccer players who don't want to run.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris Jones\'s ego]
    I'm bigger than the Goodyear blimp after all that

  •  

    [Comment from chris jones\' mind]
    what a great opportunity to self gratify... i love this

  •  

    Chris Jones: No card. Got kicked. Oopsie.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    How did a slovak player get his knee tore up and there wasn't even a yellow card?

  •  

    [Comment from Jared]
    As a goalkeeper myself, I recall being 14, and training with a ManU GK coach - and anytime anyone said "goalie" he would slap them, tell them that goalies play hockey, goalkeepers play football. That being said, I think Timmy deserved MoTM yesterday.

  •  

    Chris Jones: There you go, keeper dad. Girls and women, too. The greatness of goalkeepers is universal.

  •  

    [Comment from keeper dad]
    Chris don't forget girls/women of stout heart and bravery such as my 11 year old daugther, absolutely fearless in the face of a boot

  •  

    Chris Jones: I think it's my 17th keeper article since I've been here. Rule no. 1: Write what you know. And love.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And remember to go to ESPN.com/WorldCup for all of your other earthly needs too.

  •  

  •  

    [Comment from curious]
    Chris, where is your article on Howard's throw posted? I'd like to read it...

  •  

    Chris Jones: And good looking!

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Chris, don't forget good looks?

  •  

    Chris Jones: Thanks, Mom. Tell your son he has picked the most noble, courageous, beautiful position in the game -- a place where only real men dare to tread, men of stout hearts, serene minds, extraordinary dexterity, and maximum charisma. Of course, I happen to be a keeper, too.

  •  

    [Comment from mother of a goalie]
    Chris, great article on Howard's throw yesterday! My 16 year old son is a goalie and posted all over his facebook about that throw and that goalies rule!!

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For those of you that can't hear these things.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's what it sounds like when the feed cuts away for a commercial.

  •  

    ESPN Stats and Info: Italy is 1-6-2 when trailing at halftime in the World Cup, their lone win being the previously mentioned comeback against Nigeria.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: WEEYOWAMBAMAYEEE....

  •  

    Chris Jones: Halftime: Slovakia 1 - Italy 0.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Circus miss for Montolivo. His scissor-kick was all wrong.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Montolivo sends a ball maybe 45 feet high.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Missed the right post by inches.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Slovakia nearly 2-0 up!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Hammered by Kucka just wide!

  •  

    Chris Jones: Wall blocks the free kick.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I, for one, can't wait for them to stop de-facing this tournament.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Halftime for Paraguay-NZ: 0-0.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Italy is really dishevelingly poor here.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Free kick to Slovakia not far outside the Italian box.

  •  

    [Comment from Don Corleone]
    He's lucky to still have a leg

  •  

    Chris Jones: One minute in Paraguay-NZ.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Three minutes of extra time.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Knee is being wrapped. Wow. That's unhygienic.

  •  

    Chris Jones: Wait, he's staying on.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That looked seriously nasty.

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    Chris Jones: Strba will be out here, I'm thinking. On the stretcher. Legitimately.

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    [Comment from Black Knight]
    It's just a flesh wound!

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    [Comment from everyones father]
    Rub some dirt on it and shake it off... get back in the game

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    [Comment from Billy Maddison]
    GEWWWWWW

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    Chris Jones: That's pretty gross.

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    [Comment from Spain!!!]
    Yikes!

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    Chris Jones: Follow through by Gattuso caught him on the knee. Serious hole.

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    Chris Jones: Oh wow, that is ugly.

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    Chris Jones: Massive gash on his knee!

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    Chris Jones: Strba could actually be hurt. Hard to tell.

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    Chris Jones: Italy in the strange position of being too good to get knocked out, too bad to advance.

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    Chris Jones: LIke Tiger Woods in Majors.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: The last time Italy came back from down a goal to win a World Cup match was in 1994 in the Round of 16 against Nigeria.

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    Chris Jones: Caught by Mucha.

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    Chris Jones: Italian corner knocked away. Repeat.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We are indeed. Can't wait!

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    [Comment from Merlin]
    Leander - are you and Chris working the US game on Saturday?

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    Chris Jones: Skrtel just headed Italian long ball over his own bar.

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    Chris Jones: Yellow for Vittek... Not a great challenge on Cannavaro.

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    [Comment from Jared]
    NO ITALY and NO FRANCE! Could we have hoped for a better world cup?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Once again, the live standings are below the GameCast.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakia is content to sit back now. Italians can't get close to the box.

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    [Comment from Orange wedges]
    You'll be needing me at half!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This might take a little while. Let's take it easy on poor Statsie.

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    Chris Jones: Montolivo just took a long, weak, wide shot.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another request for Stats!

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    [Comment from The Truth]
    Stats...has a team ever let in 100% shots on goal in a world cup?

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    Chris Jones: The Italian bench looks stressed out their minds... Rightly so.

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    [Comment from Happyresults]
    Lets just smile about the fact that Italy and France may both be gone, and move on!

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    [Comment from Stats]
    Computing... Computing... Error. Please restart world cup - this makes no sense.

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    Chris Jones: Stats is rock solid. Thanks Stats!

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    Chris Jones: Slovakia playing really solid soccer. Making the Italians look even older than they are.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Both previous finalists have never been eliminated at the group stage. However, there were three instances in which neither advanced because one failed to qualify.

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    Chris Jones: Fingertips save.

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    [Comment from Italian Ghost]
    3 shots on goal, 3 goals surrendered, just horrible

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    Chris Jones: Strba takes a long shot, just saved by Marchetti.

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    Chris Jones: Cannavaro lucky not to get another yellow there for a mistimed challenge.

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    [Comment from Italy loses]
    Italy play the worst brand of soccer in the world easily

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    Chris Jones: Stats, are you out there?

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    [Comment from John]
    Both finalists from last World Cup out in the group stage? Has that happened before? Work your magic Stats!

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    Chris Jones: Pepe down for the 27th time.

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    Chris Jones: Yellow for Cannavaro... Failed pick and roll.

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    Chris Jones: 30 minutes gone in both matches.

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    Chris Jones: If everything stands... Paraguay and Slovakia advance.

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    [Comment from usp]
    Italy is being physically dominated in this game. They are starting to show their age

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    [Comment from Zidane]
    This is all Karma for stealing glory from me four years ago, go Slovakia!

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    [Comment from Tommy Hater]
    Maybe so Tommy... but if they don't kick it up a notch here they won't even get a chance to come around this year...

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    Chris Jones: Still scoreless in Paraguay-NZ.

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    [Comment from Tommy]
    Maybe it was said before, but anyone remember how poorly Italy started the last World Cup?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It also means lion in some language.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Quite right.

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    [Comment from Still Shaking]
    Leander comes from Greek mythodology. Died swimming trying to reach his girl friend for an overnight encounter. Look it up!!

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    Chris Jones: If things stay this way, Italy will be out.

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    Chris Jones: De Rossi gave that ball away before the goal. Terrible mistake.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Italy's last three matches at the World Cup have seen them concede first before drawing 1-1.

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    [Comment from The Situation]
    Italy needs to wrap this up so I can start on my GTL

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    Chris Jones: That is huge, huge, huge.

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    Chris Jones: Huge mistake by the Italian D -- give away the ball, Vittek puts the long shot in the left corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Jeff Bradley, late of the Jersey Shore (he lives there): They're crying into their beers in Seaside Heights, NJ.

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    Chris Jones: Italy are in big trouble... Vittek!

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    Chris Jones: SLOVAKIA 1-0!

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    Chris Jones: GOAL!

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    Chris Jones: No real chances for either team so far. Italy does not look like the defending champions. They look like the defending champions after they've become Wilfred Brimley. Oatmeal! Brown Sugar! Diabeetes!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We switched roles today! I'm going through your endless love letters to us while Jones dabbles in a spot of play-by-play.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    Leander seems to be slacking today, leaving much play by play to the tired Chris Jones

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    Chris Jones: Skrtel made a nice run there but lost it in the box.

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    Chris Jones: Slovak free kick.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakian corner goes for naught, as the English might say.

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    Chris Jones: Buffon is out with a back injury, whoever you are.

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    [Comment from Wonderer]
    You can't ignore me forever...where is Buffon?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Going into today's match, Italy has scored in 13 consecutive World Cup matches, the longest active streak. The second-highest total is Chile with eight.

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    Chris Jones: Cards are erased after the Round of 16, for those of you bellyaching at me about the Slovak missing the next game if they advance.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good spot! Especially in Napoli's kit.

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    Chris Jones: Nate, it's time you kissed a girl.

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    [Comment from Blake]
    Doesn't Hamsik look like Sonic the Hedgehog?

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    [Comment from Nate]
    I imagine a leader riding a unicorn through an enchanted forest in the finest armor searching for a maiden in distress. That is a Leander

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    Chris Jones: Pepe gets a long ball onto net... No harm done.

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    Chris Jones: No score in either game so far.

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    [Comment from Ron Burgandy]
    I believe a Leander is an old wooden ship. I could be wrong.

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    [Comment from Leighann]
    Leander sorta looks like he should be wearing a pocket protecter

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    Chris Jones: Pepe now rolling around on the ground.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I do. Thank you, Stugots. I'm saying the entire team looks stodgy, hence "the Italians look stodgy." The entire team is defending, that's why they look stodgy...

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    Chris Jones: Last night's game was a great advertisement for soccer. This game so far... Not so much.

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    Chris Jones: Yellow card for Strba -- misses the next match if they go through.

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    [Comment from Stugots]
    Leander, they say that about all great defenses in a variety of sports...do you understand the game?

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    Chris Jones: Much anxiety about the drawing of lots today if the standings hold.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakia more possession so far. Hamsik cross seized by Marchetti.

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    [Comment from Will]
    Leander, lets hope for YOUR sake you dont look like a "Leander."

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    Chris Jones: Jendrisek down after being upended by Chiellini.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They're just such a stodgy side. It's largely unwatchable. Plenty readable though, so don't go anywhere.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Were we really expecting the beautiful game from Italy?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: On a cross by Stoch.

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    Chris Jones: Punched away by Marchetti.

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    Chris Jones: This game has been pretty grim so far. Ugly.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakian free kick outside box.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ok. Enough with the names. Thanks for your suggestions. I'll leave the decision up to Lee Jones, Chris's wife. She has to put up with it after all.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Italy has allowed only 2 shots on goal so far in this tournament, and both have gone in.

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    [Comment from YAYA]
    BERNARD

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    [Comment from Just Call Chris...]
    Kristoff!

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    Chris Jones: Because he dragged down a Slovakian in the box.

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    Chris Jones: Iaquinta puts the ball into the net long after the whistle is blown.

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    [Comment from Kipa]
    Landon?

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    [Comment from matt]
    Turkerlton Indiana Jones

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    [Comment from Ted]
    Dudley

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    [Comment from AJ]
    Chipper!

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    Chris Jones: Italy free kick.

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    [Comment from 2nd for Archibald]
    Absolutely or Reginald

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    [Comment from TJ]
    Sidney, after Crosby

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    [Comment from Names]
    what about Adrian?

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    [Comment from Chris should be a...]
    Chaz

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    [Comment from Shannon O\'Ryan]
    Pubert

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    [Comment from Yoda]
    Jean-Phillip?

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    Chris Jones: Seriously, it's insane. They deserve every bit of their terrible reputation.

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    Chris Jones: Chiellini provides Italy's first magnificent dive of the game.

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    Chris Jones: Slovakia pushing a bit here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think Archibald would work much better. Suggestions?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: You know what I just noticed, staring across the table into my trusted GameCast sidekick's green-grey eyes? He really doesn't look like a Chris.

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    Chris Jones: In Paraguay-New Zealand, the Kiwis look rad in their all-black strip today... Maybe trying for a bit of rugby luck against Paraguay.

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    Chris Jones: Because he doesn't care like I do. I feel. I love.

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    [Comment from Taj]
    Yeah we understand Chris - wonder how Leander is all fresh!

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    Chris Jones: Hamsik had a chance there -- wide open in the box and sends it wide. Great chance, kind of botched.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For the sake of keeping the peace, I don't even want to go there, man.

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    [Comment from Throwin64]
    Leander, would adding Rossi have helped this anemic Italian attack, in your opinion?

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    Chris Jones: Pretty scruffy game so far, not much to report.

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    Chris Jones: I'm seriously exhausted from last night. Still coming down. Will attempt to be funny. But... feeling... weak.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We pick whichever one we happen to be at or if we're working from the International Broadcasting Center, we just pick the best game. I'll be doing both Chile-Spain and Brazil-Portugal tomrrow.

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    Chris Jones: Iaquinta took a shot from inside the box, but wide left.

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    Chris Jones: Which game I'm awake for.

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    [Comment from Dave in NC]
    Leander or Chris, how does the decision get made which game you guys gamecast?

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    Chris Jones: There he is. All is as it should be.

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    [Comment from Guy on the 47th Floor]
    Hey! Get the hell off my floor!

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    Chris Jones: Also hurtful.

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    [Comment from Sean]
    Time for my morning dose of Leander "Alphabet" Sch.... and Chris "What Game?" Jones.

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    [Comment from Jeremiah]
    Worms on the ice cream?

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    [Comment from Peter Jackson]
    New Zealand is a good place for things of an epic nature.

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    Chris Jones: Imposter! It's the Guy on the 47th Floor we know and love.

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    [Comment from 47th Floor Guy]
    I love how I am infamous on these gamecasts, still being talked about

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long shot by Di Natale whistles not barely over.

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    Chris Jones: It would be unbelievable, Bill.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We're underway here.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    New Zealand advancing would be beyond epic.

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    Chris Jones: Hurtful.

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    [Comment from Jeremiah]
    It doesn't count if the beard is on his back.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Known as a defensive side, entering the match today Italy are 27th in interceptions, 30th in clearances and the only team in the tournament without a blocked shot.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They're old, don't move very well and have really labored to their draws.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I don't know, Charlie. I'm not at all impressed with this Italy team.

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    [Comment from Charlie -]
    Leander - Italy rolls today right??

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    [Comment from Dominick]
    Being and Italian-American, I was ready to join the 47th floor guy if Italy and the USA couldnt win a game

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    Chris Jones: Interestingly, though... If somehow things remain static -- say two 0-0 ties today -- New Zealand and Italy are perfectly tied. Which means, I believe, it will come down to picking a name out of a hat. Not a joke.

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    Chris Jones: In which case, Italy would advance with just a tie.

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    Chris Jones: You know what Andy, I would love to say yes. But for me, Paraguay has been very, very strong. They're a scary, thrashing kind of team. I think that game will be pretty physical... NZ are a pretty bruising little team. But yeah, I'm thinking 2-0 Paraguay.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: By the way, when you get sick of our ill-attempted banter, scroll below this feed for the live standings in this group and the lineups.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy in NJ]
    In all seriousness, do the All Whites stand a chance against Paraguay?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Chris is a little light on the manscaping at the moment. He's battering everybody in the office-wide beard-growing contest.

  •  

    [Comment from Dream Interpreter]
    The wolf was Leander. Duh.

  •  

    Chris Jones: It was one of those cornetto things. Vanilla and chocolate. Yummy.

  •  

    [Comment from David S]
    What flavor of ice cream, Chris?

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It's because you're so hairy.

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    Chris Jones: I'm a little tired this morning. The only time I slept last night, I had a dream that a wolf was in my bed. Weird.

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    Chris Jones: Morning everybody. That ice cream was delicious.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: In their Group F, Paraguay which will be playing New Zealand simultaneously. Paraguay is in first place going into these games with four points. Italy and New Zealand both have two with Slovakia trailing with a lone point.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Important game for both teams, as both still have a chance to advance.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We'll be bringing you Italy - Slovakia this morning.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: With that nonsense out of the way, let's get started.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mostly though, he doesn't love you the way I do.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Priorities and all.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Although he'll have to finish his ice cream before he gets on.

  •  

    Leander Schaerlaeckens: <----- I'm this guy. And Chris Jones is here too.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mornin', everybody!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Slovakia

  • 12(4)

  • 20

  • 20

  • 50%

    50%

  • Italy

  • 16(6)

  • 26

  • 17

Match Stats

  • Slovakia
  • Italy
12(4) Shots (on goal) 16(6)
20 Fouls 17
6 Corner kicks 3
1 Offsides 3
50% Time of Possession 50%
4 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 1