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Italy-Slovakia preview notes

Updated: June 24, 2010, 8:01 AM ET

Posted by ESPN Stats & Information

Italy versus Slovakia, Thursday Ellis Park Stadium -- Johannesburg

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• For the Italians, it's simple: win and they're in. Slovakia needs to beat Italy and get help. The incentive is to win the group and avoid the Dutch in the round of 16.

• 1982 Italia redux: In 1982, Italy tied its first two group games (and even tied the third) and went on to win the World Cup.

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