Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify
14 November, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Laura Christensen
Italy is a team that can not afford to miss out on the next World Cup while Sweden is trying to prosper after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's retirement from the national team.
Italy will miss out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years as Sweden secured a precious goalless draw that punched their ticket to Russian Federation thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win.
"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear", said Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.
"[Manager Gian Piero] Ventura is not the only one to blame".
For this final roll of the dice Ventura finally turned to Jorginho, the Napoli midfielder who had previously played 24 minutes of senior worldwide football and had not been considered worthy of a place in the squad since last May, 20 global matches ago.
The Azzurri found themselves in the two-legged playoff after finishing second in the UEFA qualifying group.
And now we have the catalogue of penalty appeals during this Italy-Sweden clash, all of which were overruled by Lahoz. By this stage, their World Cup hopes were hanging by a thread.
With Sweden's qualification, 29 teams at the World Cup are now confirmed, with the winners of Ireland/Denmark, Australia/Honduras and Peru/New Zealand to be the final three into the tournament, with those games played on Wednesday morning, Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, respectively.
This is the first time since 1958 that Italy has failed to qualify.
Italy looked the stronger side, and had plenty of chances - 11 shots on goal to Sweden's one in the first half - but could not convert any.
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