Thursday, January 18, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Italy fails to reach World Cup after draw with Sweden

Sweden holds firms to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win in a hard-fought play-off.

Italy failed

Four-time world champions Italy have failed to qualify for the football World Cup for the first time in 60 years after drawing 0-0 against Sweden in Milan.

A solid Sweden side held firm at the San Siro stadium on Monday night to qualify for next summer's tournament in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win in a hard-fought play-off.

Italy, a football-crazy country, has taken part in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the sport's most prestigious event in 1958.

The last major competitions it missed were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships. 

Having successfully defended Jakob Johansson's winner from the home leg in Stockholm, Sweden are now set to take part in their 12th World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, Monday night's match became the top trending topic on Twitter in Italy, with thousands of fans expressing their shock and sadness at the Azzurri's failure.

With tears in his eyes, Italian goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon announced his retirement from international football after the match.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Dozens injured during Oman's Gulf C...

Read More

North Korea 'likely' to join Winter...

Read More

Saudi footballers shun media due to...

Read More

Russia banned from South Korea Wint...

Read More

Palestinians to appeal over Israeli...

Read More

No 'R-word': US groups call to drop...

Read More

Global_News

Celebrations as Merera Gudina among more than 400 others released from prison as part of a wider government amnesty.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'