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Italy Misses World Cup for First Time Since 1958

Italy Misses World Cup for First Time Since 1958

There are two possible narratives as Italy prepare for their World Cup date with destiny against Sweden in Milan on tonight.

Sweden survived wave after wave of Italian attacks at the San Siro.

Italy played to a 0-0 draw with Sweden in a World Cup qualifying play-off second leg on Monday, falling 1-0 on aggregate to miss out on Russian Federation 2018. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.

Much-maligned Italian head coach Gian Piero Ventura has said his team will try to qualify by "playing football", alluding to a combative first leg against the Swedes which left Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci with a broken nose. We are all guilty and responsible for that: "football is like that".

Italy, who have won the World Cup on four occasions, the last time in 2006, will be the most high profile absentee from the finals in Russian Federation next year.

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

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For Sweden, they will be making a return to the World Cup after missing out in the 2010 and 2014 editions in South Africa and Brazil respectively.

"When incidents go badly for you, it's probably your own fault too and if it goes well, you earned your luck".

"We are not stressed, personally I am focused on the game and I hope fans will support us". The game means a lot for all of us, not only for me.

Alessandro Florenzi tried an audacious volley that went a foot wide of Olsen's post, while Immobile came close at the near post but, ultimately, the Azzurri found no solutions to get back into the tie, and will miss out on the world finals for the first time in 60 years.

The 0-0 draw saw the continuation of an unusual quirk in World Cup qualifying.

In between Sweden claiming their 1-0 first-leg win against Italy in Stockholm on Friday and the start of this second leg in Milan, five playoffs were played across the globe and none of them resulted in a single goal.