World Cup debutantes Slovakia created a major shock on Thursday afternoon when they defeated Italy 3-2 to qualify for the second round. The win knocked the defending champions out of the tournament and allowed Vladimir Weiss' side to finish second in Group F.
Robert Vittek scored twice against the Azzurri on Thursday and was voted as the 'man of the match'. After the game, the 28-year-old spoke to reporters, among whom was Goal.com's Clyde Tlou, and downplayed his contribution to his team's success.
"It's not about me, this victory is important for us as a team. Of course, being the man of the match means a lot but I wish I could break this trophy for everyone to have a piece. I was just at the right place at the right time (to score the goals)."
Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss was overjoyed with his side's victory and called on his countrymen to savor the historic win.
"I am very proud of the team and all the players who played. This victory is very important for me as the coach, players and the whole nation.
"Obviously I didn't expect us to perform as great as we did, but credit must go to the players for the commitment and fighting spirit they showed today."
Slovakia will now take on the winners of Group E in the last 16.
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