Thursday, June 24, 2010

Italy vs Slovakia Time and Live Score: FIFA World Cup 2010

Italy faces Slovakia in a decisive Group F fixture on 24 June at the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. While Italy would like to go through to the next round winning this match, Slovakia is looking to create history with a victory over three-time world champion Italy.

The match kicks off at 14:00 GMT and 16:00 local time. Football fans in Italy and Slovakia would be able to watch the match on TV from 16:00. In the US, the match starts at 10:00 (New York time) and 07:00 (California time).

Live Score
Live score of the match is available at the following link:

Paraguay leads the Group F point table with 4 points, while Italy and New Zealand are level on 2 points. Slovakia, though at the bottom of the table with 1 point, still has a chance to reach the next round. Paraguay will face New Zealand in their final group match on 24 June.
How Italy and Slovakia can Reach the Knock out Stage
For Italy, it is pretty much simple. Just a win would see them through to the next round with 5 points to their credit, while a defeat would eliminate them from the tournament. However, a draw would leave them in a place where they would be hoping for a Paraguay victory over New Zealand.
If both the matches end up in draw, Paraguay would qualify for the second round, and Italy and New Zealand would be level on point as well as on goal difference. In that case, goals scored in the group matches would decide who between Italy and New Zealand would accompany Slovakia to the next round.
Slovakia has to win over Italy and hope that Paraguay does not lose to New Zealand. Even a victory would not be enough for Slovakia, if New Zealand wins over Paraguay because then Paraguay and Slovakia would be level on point. In that case, Paraguay would have better chance as they better goal difference than Slovakia.
 Italian fans are pretty much disappointed with Italy’s performance so far in the tournament. The defending champions were held to draw by Paraguay as well as minnows New Zealand. Most importantly, Italy had to come from back in both the matches to save their face. Italian fans would now expect that the players like Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alberto Gilardino perform at their best and make an easy passage to the round of 16.

Slovakia, who are playing in their first ever World Cup finals, would look to make history with a victory over Italy. Though they lost to Paraguay in the previous match, their confidence level would be low considering the fact that they have nothing to lose, but has everything to win in the tournament.
Slovakia has some quality players in Martin Škrtel, Marek Čech, Vladimír Weiss, Róbert Vittek and Marek Hamšík who can pull the strings for their team.
Given the squad strength of the two sides, it seems Italy has all the possibility to win this match with sheer ease. So, a 2-0 victory should not be a problem for the Italians.

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