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The Azzurri were eliminated by Slovakia, who progressed.

Italy forward Fabio Quagliarella's dream of winning the 2010 World Cup is over, as the Azzurri were bundled out of the tournament, losing 3-2 to Slovakia.

The Napoli striker reveals he was asked by coach Marcello Lippi to "invent" something in order to help salvage a point late in the match, but was unable to deliver.

"The coach called me over, and asked me to invent something," the 27-year-old admitted to RaiSport after the match. "I did my best, but my dream of a lifetime - and of my career - is over."

Quagliarella was inconsolable after the match, breaking down on the pitch.

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