Sport Italy fails to reach World Cup for 1st time since 1958

00:06  14 november  2017
00:06  14 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

Italy will not get to travel to Russia for the 2018 World Cup . It is the country's first time not qualifying. Italy is a four- time World Cup winner and has always made it to the finale since 1958 .

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 13: Marcus Berg of Sweden and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy competes for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Italy and Sweden at San Siro Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Milan, Italy. © Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 13: Marcus Berg of Sweden and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy competes for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Italy and Sweden at San Siro Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Milan, Italy. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden who booked a place in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday.

Sweden survived wave after wave of Italian attacks in the second leg of their European playoff on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a disbelieving San Siro.

Sweden 1 Italy 0: Johansson leaves Azzurri and Ventura on the brink

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The last time Italy failed to reach the World Cup was for the 1958 tournament in Sweden. But Gian Piero Ventura's side were already under pressure going into the tie after a disappointing end to their Group G campaign that featured a 3-0 loss in Spain and a 1-1 home draw with Macedonia.

Italy might have dominated in terms of possession, but the Italians couldn't find a breakthrough in their qualifier against Sweden and have therefore failed in their attempts to reach the World Cup . For the first time since 1958 , the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini will not appear in next

Italy, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 tournament in Sweden, penned the visitors into their own half for most of the game and created a hatful of chances but could not find a way past Robin Olsen in the Sweden goal.

The closest the hosts came to scoring was a Ciro Immobile effort which was partially stopped by Olsen and cleared away by Victor Lindelof as it was about to trickle over the line.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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