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Italy vs Sweden Highlights and News Updates

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 13, 2017 Italy’s Stephan El Shaarawy looks dejected as Sweden’s Emil Forsberg looks on after the match. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italy vs Sweden Highlights and News Updates

Italy will going to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958,  The Netherlands, United States, Ghana and now Italy, a four-time champion and a pillar of soccer for almost a century, all will be going to absent from the 2018 tournament. Amid boos and whistles Monday in Milan, the Italians have been ousted by Sweden, which they repelled a second-half deluge for a 0-0 draw in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a 1-0  victory in the World Cup qualifier. After the fifth minute of stoppage time, when San Siro stadium was begging and pleading for a goal to force an extra 30 minutes, Alessandro Florenzi kissed the ball repeatedly as he prepared to take a corner kick. Sweden remained stood firm. The referee’s whistle sounded. Yes, Italy being a  soccer country of class and grace, of revered goal keepers and a defensive system known as catenaccio, or “the chain,” of the iconic Serie A league, of Baggio and Maldini, Del Piero and Buffon, of those gorgeous blue jerseys  will not journey to Russia next summer for the 32-team in the  tournament. “I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 39, who was been seeking to play in a sixth World Cup. There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.

Italy vs Sweden Highlights and News Updates

Only Germany (18) and Brazil (20) have become visible in as many World Cups as Italy (18). The last time the Italians failed, a Brazilian teenager named Pele was preparing for his first World Cup and Brazil, the greatest success the sport has ever seen, had yet to win its first global title. The 2018 tournament is going to welcome some newcomers, like Iceland, Panama and Sweden, which have just passed out for the first time since 2006, and became the 29th team to get a ticket to Russia. The last three slots will go to be decided this week that weather or Ireland or Denmark on Tuesday, Australia or Honduras on Wednesday, and Peru or New Zealand on Wednesday. After winning the 2006 World Cup in Berlin, Italy has lost its grip on the global stage. In both 2010 and 2014, the Azzurri failed to escape the tournament’s group stage. Seven years ago in South Africa, they managed just two points in a weak quartet and finished behind New Zealand. After four years in Brazil, the favored Italians and English gave way to Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Italy vs Sweden Highlights & 2018 qualifying campaign

In Europe’s Group G. A home played draw with the Spaniards and 3-0 defeat in Madrid, all but relegated Italy to the playoffs. The Italians were definitely very much favored to get past Sweden, but a 1-0 away defeat on Friday put them under lot of pressure in the return leg. Questionable officiating have cost opportunities for both the teams to crack the deadlock and, as the match wore on, Sweden slipped deeper and deeper putting  them into a defensive bunker and wasted precious seconds at every opportunity. Within an hour of the match ending, Coach Gian Piero Ventura moved his resignation. The 2018 qualifying campaign just went as per expectation about with Italy finishing second behind

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