Italy fails to Qualify for World Cup; First since 1958

Football heavyweight Italy has failed to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup. Their first time to miss the mundial since 1958 after a play-off defeat against Sweden.

Jakob Johansson‘s goal in the first leg ensured that Sweden qualifies ahead of the Italians after the second leg at Milan’s San Siro stadium ended goalless.

Italy fails to Qualify for World Cup; First since 1958

Sweden packed the bus to protect their advantage and, despite the hosts enjoying 76% possession, they failed to find the back of the net.

Ciro Immobile misses and his low effort in the first half was cleared off the line by centre-back Andreas Granqvist.

Sweden‘s qualification is their first since 2006, when they were in the same group as England.

Italy fails to Qualify for World Cup; First since 1958

**Goalkeeper Buffon has also announced his retirement as his World Cup dreams came crashing on him on Monday night.

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