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World reacts to Italy as they fail to Qualify for the World Cup

Italian hearts broke after Sweden held the Azzurri to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying tie.
A 1-0 defeat in the first match in Sweden meant Italy headed to the San Siro needing goals but they were impossible to come by. Despite boasting 75 per cent of the possession and taking 23 shots to four, the home side was left to rue what might have been.
The men in blue will watch next year’s World Cup in Russia from home after failing to qualify for football’s showpiece tournament for the first time since 1958.
Here’s how everyone reacted to the shock result.

Quality teams miss out in every cycle and it’s no different approaching 2018. Along with Italy, the Netherlands will also be absent in Russia after Sweden finished with a superior goal difference in Group A to pip the Dutch for second spot.
It’s incredible to think neither the Netherlands (World No. 20) — who lost the World Cup final to Spain in 2010 — nor Italy (No. 15) who won the tournament in 2006 will be playing for the trophy in 2018.

Also USA (27 rated) failed to reach the world cup  after spectacularly to lose 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago last month.

In a truth sure to provide ammunition to football critics everywhere (“How can you play 90 minutes and end with a score of 0-0?”), Italy’s loss highlights a trend that has infiltrated World Cup qualifying of late.
The past six qualifiers — not just in Europe but around the world — have all ended in scoreless draws. Three of the four draws between European teams occurred in the second legs of ties, while Australia’s draw with Honduras and New Zealand’s stalemate against Peru were both first-leg results.

Joy and PARTY TIME in Sweden

For all the sadness engulfing Italy, it was party time in Sweden.

Objective viewers will acknowledge Italy outplayed the Swedes, but that doesn’t change the result. Coach Jan Andersson admitted it was all about defence in the dying stages against a team stacked with superior talent.
“We had no weapons left. We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on,” Andersson said.
“We couldn’t do it in any other way, they are so skilful.”

Unexpected Snub for Insigne

When Italy made its third change of the match, replacing Candreva with Bernardeschi in the dying stages, it meant goalsneak Lorenzo Insigne was resigned to not seeing a single minute of action.

One of Italy’s most potent attacking weapons, he scored 20 goals and recorded 12 assists for Napoli last season, but coach Gian Piero Ventura’s decision to leave him on the bench baffled fans everywhere who were begging for his inclusion.

It even looked like the Italian players on the sideline were getting antsy sitting back and watching their World Cup hopes disappear.

Buffon Last Game for the Azzuri

Gianluigi Buffon had the perfect farewell planned: Concluding his glorious international career exactly where it started, in Russia.

In a bonus sixth World Cup.

It wasn’t mean to be, though.

World in SHOCK : Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup !

The next World Cup 2018 in Russia will be without ITALY. Sounds shocking  right ?  Italy have failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Still Congrats to Sweden who are in the World Cup (1 – 0 aggregate) .
Italy failed to reach Sweden in the second leg and it off to the World Cup .
ONCE AGAIN ITALY ARE OUT OF WORLD CUP!!!
CONGRATULATION SWEDEN !!!

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Italy vs Sweden

Italy are facing the prospect of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 should they fail to overcome Sweden in their crunch play-off game on Monday evening at AC Milan’s San Siro.
Match could be Gianluigi Buffon’s last game for national team.

Team News

ITALY :
  • Italy have plenty to ponder after their 1-0 defeat in the first leg on Friday.
  • Marco Verratti will miss the second leg through suspension, while Leonardo Bonucci may have to play with a face mask after breaking his nose in the first leg.
  • Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola remain doubts after missing the first leg through first injury.
  • Giampiero Ventura’s gamble to revert back to a 3-5-2 formation and drop Lorenzo Insigne backfired massively in Sweden. Changes will be needed here.
SWEDEN :
  • Mikael Lustig missed the 1-0 win on Friday through suspension and should slot back in at right-back here.
  • No other changes are expected from the away side as they look to protect their slender advantage.

Match Facts

  • Italy have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Sweden in all competitions.
  • Italy have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions.
  • Italy are undefeated in their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions.

Prediction :

Italy – Sweden  | 1 |   1.60

Expected win for ITALY  on this one, but it will be enough  to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?