8 Italy exit
When Italy was defeated by North Korea in 1966, the team was pelted with tomatoes on its return home. This time round, it was the Kiwis who contributed to the Azzurri’s woes, as the New Zealanders held the reigning champion to a 1-1 tie. It then lost to Slovakia 3-2, ensuring an early flight home. Coupled with France’s “au revoir,” it meant that for the first time ever, neither of the previous tournament’s finalists got into the last 16 at the subsequent World Cup.


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