Robert Vittek’s 26th minute goal has Slovakia up 1-0 and in position to advance as the second place team out of Group F.
The Slovakian striker was the beneficiary for a surprise Daniele De Rossi giveaway in the Italy end, converted into an opportunity for Vittek from the arc. The striker fired a shot along the ground to the left post, beating Federico Marchetti for the opening goal.
Slovakia came close a to a second goal when a long shot from Zdeno Strba forced Marchetti into a parry at his right post.
Unlike their first two matches, Italy has not been able to control play through the middle of the pitch, with Slovakia having more of the ball and able to generate the half’s scoring chances.
If the two Group F matches end as is, Italy would finish in last place with two points, one point behind New Zealand.