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Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

14 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Giampiero Ventura and Italy must win at the San Siro

The Italians, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 finals in Sweden, had 75 percent of possession, squandered numerous opportunities and had penalty appeals turned down in their increasingly desperate search for an equalizer.

Italian manager Gian Piero Ventura was forced into finally playing Jorginho from the start thanks to Marco Veratti's suspension, and the Napoli man was one of the only bright spots on the night for an Italy side which has consistently struggled for creativity in a tough qualifying campaign.

Jakob Johansson's second half strike was enough to give their opponents a win at the Friends Arena in Stockholm and they will be defending their lead for their lives as qualification creeps tantalisingly closer at the San Siro.

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Sweden coach Janne Andersson.

The first is that the four-time world champions fail to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 and a curtain falls on the global careers of half the team, including Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and the icon that is Gianluigi Buffon. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful".

"Those who've played know how hard these matches are".

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Candreva had the first real chance when Immobile cut the ball back across the face of goal but he fired over.

So much so that they crashed into the Eurosport pundits beside the pitch after the game.

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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.

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