Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

"We need to be as clear headed as possible to go to the World Cup", said captain Buffon, who conceded a goal by Swedish substitute Jakob Johansson that was deflected by Daniele de Rossi.

Italy were in the World Cup UEFA play-offs after finishing second to 2010 world champions Spain in their Group, but a limp effort across both legs of their clash with Sweden has left the team in disarray.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades after a scoreless tie on Monday in Milan meant it lost its playoff to Sweden, 1-0, on aggregate.

Sweden coach Jan Andersson admitted that his side had to cling on against technically superior opponents.

The result will nearly certainly see the end of manager Gianpiero Ventura, while the loss marks the end of superstar goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's time in the national team. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful". "We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on", he said.

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And it is set to be a Napoli player who replaces him.

Ventura is likely to be relieved of his duties in the coming days - if not the coming hours - after a series of weird selection decisions which saw Lorenzo Insigne, the top provider of key passes in Europe's top five leagues this season, left on the bench not just at the start of the game but for the full 90 minutes.

Andreas Granqvist made a superb tackle on Manolo Gabbiadini as he looked set to score and Olsen then denied Alessandro Florenzi after he tricked his way past Mikael Lustig.

So much so that they crashed into the Eurosport pundits beside the pitch after the game.

This is the first time since the 1958 edition held in Sweden that Italy have failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

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