Italy's World Cup dreams ended today after a 3-2 defeat by Slovakia.
Slovakia player Robert Vittek made two goals, at 25' and at 73'. Italy made a come back when Antonio Di Natale scored at 81', but Slovakia hit back again with Kamil Kopunek making a goal at 89'. Fabio Quagliarella made a goal for Italy at 92' but by then it was too late to make a difference.
Lippi took full responsibilty for the outcome following the match stating "If for an hour and a quarter the team was blocked from the physciological point of view, the fault rests with who trained them, and built them".
With today's match Lippi leaves the Italian bench to Cesare Prandelli whilst Fabio Cannavaro and Gennaro Gattuso have both announced the end of their participation in the national team.