Rome, Jun 25: Adding further pain and embarrassment to the ousted Azzuris, the Italian media has mercilessly slammed them.
“Ugly Italy: we take three (goals) and go home"- Corriere della Sera wrote on its website.
“Kicked out in the first round, like the other Berlin finalist, the ridiculous and mutinous France. We go home amid the greyness and depression of a dull group that has no future," it added.
La Repubblica dubbed the team that participated in the 19th FIFA World Cup 2010 “the worst Italy team in the past 50 years, or possibly the worst ever".
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The daily added that the team was "deservedly leaving the World Cup: the end of a generation and of a dream."
“Humiliated by Slovakia, we go home" - a headline on the country"s main sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport website read.
Slovakia thumped Italy 3-2 in the Group F match on Thursday, Jun 25. Italy not only made an devastating exit from the group stage for the first time in 36 years but also ended up in the last spot in the group.
The FIFA World Cup 2010 has been a shock-riddled tournament. Earlier, former World Champ France also crashed out in the group stage itself.