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Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

14 November, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

Despite plenty of chances, Italy has been sent packing from the FIFA World Cup, unable to secure the goal they needed in the second leg of their play-off against Sweden.

Italy trailed Sweden 1-0 on aggregate ahead of their second-leg match at the San Siro and over 90 nerve-racking minutes again failed to score against their opponents. It was the third-longest active streak behind Brazil (20) and Germany (16).

But former Italy worldwide Andrea Pirlo believes it is unsafe for the four-time World Cup winners to rely too heavily on the atmosphere generated by 65,000 frenetic fans in the San Siro. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful".

"The first-leg performance shows that we are perfectly capable of overturning the 1-0 result".


The defeat brought the curtain down on the remarkable global career of 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 175th appearance for his country.

Gianluigi Buffon wants to lead Italy to the World Cup next summer (Picture: Getty)When is Italy vs Sweden? As expected, Italy continued to dominate possession but Janne Andersson's side were able to thwart any attacks Giampiero Ventura's men attempted.

The Croatian football federation seems to have approached Ancelotti for the same reasons as Italy, as the team face equal hard times.

"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. "The only thing that I would have would be a personal satisfaction, but in the wider scheme of things, I am irrelevant". "He's got as much blame as all of us have".

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