Slovakia may have lost in the Round of 16, but coach Vladimir Weiss, his namesake and son, and goalkeeper Jan Mucha were very proud of their campaign.
Slovakia's Marek Hamsik feels sorry for Italy after they were dumped out of the FIFA World Cup™ by the European minnows earlier this week.
Italy arrived in South Africa with Marcello Lippi at the helm and high hopes of repeating their 2006 success. They head for home humbled and searching for answers.
Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss described his team's 3-2 victory over Italy as the second-best day of his life following the birth of his son.
New Zealand coach Ricky Herbert was delighted with his team's performance at South Africa 2010, joking that he would "need to pinch myself".
Paraguay and Slovakia made it through, New Zealand made history but the big story in Group F was the elimination of reigning world champions Italy, consigned to the wooden spoon.