Jersey to chase: Italy hunk Fabio Cannavaro may be 37 but he makes jersey chasers giggle like 5-year olds. Cannavaro and Italy are headed home early from the World Cup. After the World Cup, Cannavaro will play with his new team Al-Ahli Dubai.
Recap: The final games of group play were played yesterday, and like much of the World Cup, they brought many surprised. The defending world champ from 2006, Italy, have been eliminated. Italy lost to Slovakia, 3-2. Slovakia took an early lead, and Italy never recovered. Italy also finishes last in Group F with two points. Paraguay took Group F, as they tied New Zealand 0-0 in their final game. Also advancing is Japan, who beat Denmark in a physical 3-1 game. While the Netherlands had already qualified before their game against Cameroon, the Dutch had to stay competitive winning only 2-1.
Tomorrow: Round of 16 games start tomorrow, games to watch include Portugal v. Brazil and Chile v. Spain.