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World Cup Gallery: Azzurri out

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A selection of the best photos from South Africa as Italians worldwide are left reeling after the Azzurri's early exit.

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This Denmark fan, who saw his side lose 3-1 to Japan to finish third in Group E, is undoubtedly loud and proud.

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The message is clear from the Japan faithful after the Samurai Blue qualified for the last 16 for the first time away from home soil. 

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This Italian beauty was full of optimism ahead of the Group F clash with Slovakia - but that was not to last long with Marcello Lippi's crashing out after a 3-2 defeat.

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Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik shows Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro who's boss.

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Referee Howard Webb attempts to instigate a bundle after handbags between Slovakia's goalkeeper Jan Mucha and Italy's striker Fabio Quaglirella. 

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And it's all got too much for this young Italy fan - not that you can blame him!

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It's all smiles for the Oranje army after maintaining their 100 per cent record with a 2-1 win over Cameroon. 

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It's a quiet start for this Paraguay fan ahead of their Group F clash with New Zealand. 

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New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen celebrates the All-Whites' successful World Cup campaign, claiming three points and finishing third above Italy, by throwing his socks into the crowd. Erm, you can keep them, Ryan.

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If the constant drone of the vuvuzelas was beginning to get on your nerves then look away, they aren't going anywhere yet. 

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