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

00:06  14 november  2017
00:06  14 november  2017 Source:   reuters.com

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FROM Pavarotti to Pavarotten…and a World Cup without Italy for the first time in 60 years. The land of pasta became the land of spaghetti oops, as they crashed to play-off defeat against Sweden to miss out on the finals for the first time 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.

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The Netherlands, United States, Ghana and now Italy , a four- time champion and a pillar of soccer for almost a century, all will be absent from the 2018 tournament.

Four- times champions Italy , who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 finals 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.

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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