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Italy Misses World Cup For The First Time Since 1958


4 time champions Italy are out of Russia World Cup. They were dumped out by Sweden after failing to overturn 0-1 deficit in the first leg of play-off.
Italian talisman Gianluigi Buffon won’t make it to the World Cup [Getty Images]

Italy, four time champions are out of the Russia World Cup.

They were dumped out by Sweden after failing to overturn at San Siro a 0-1 deficit suffered in the first leg of the play-off.

A determined Italian squad found the Swedish Defence impregnable. They came so near hitting the net, but stubborn Sweden refused to cave in.

The Italians had 75 percent of possession and 23 attempts on goal, yet they could not turn their dominance into a vital goal.

The Swedes were just too magnificent defending their first leg advantage.

The Russian edition marks the first time the Italians would be missing in the FIFA tournament since 1958.


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