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England at the 1950 World Cup
In other World Cup news, Italy lost its final group game to Slovakia, knocking the defending champions out of the tournament. The last champion to lose before the knockout rounds was France in 2002. As written before, it is the first time both teams from the previous final have failed to advance out of the group stage. Paraguay drew with New Zealand, in a listless showing, but secured top spot in the group. Slovakia, by virtue of its victory, also advances. Slovakia is likely to play The Netherlands in the round of 16, while Paraguay looks set to face Portugal (mea culpa, misread the bracket) Japan.