For the first time since 1958, no world cup for Italy

Italy will be there in the summer of 2018 for the first time since 1958 will not be on the final round of a world cup. The four-time world champion (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) came Monday in Milan in the second leg of his barrageduel against Sweden does not go beyond a 0-0 draw.


Sweden had Friday the heenwedstrijd with a 1-0 win. It was Jacob Johansson that Sweden in Stockholm, after an hour the qualification concerned.

For Sweden, the twelfth world cup finals, the first since 2006. Italy was there only two times before not: in 1930 in Uruguay, and in 1958, in Sweden.

Italy was the better team for a fanatical audience in the San Siro, without really good football. But the team of coach Giampiero Ventura combined the many possession of the ball is actually only in the final stage of the first half to doelrijpe opportunities. First was the Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen with a shot from Ciro Immobile, so that defender Andreas Granqvist just before the goal line rescue could bring. Then turned Olsen with a fine reflex a bet of Alessandro Florenzi.

Sweden was limited mainly to defend, but I thought in the opening phase to two times the right to a penalty. Matteo Darmian was in his own penalty area when he got the ball on a hand. Moments later whistled the Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz not even when Andrea Barzagli the toys with one arm to tremble. The arbitrator had eyes during the passionate voetbalgevecht with a lot of violations. He drew eight yellow cards, including four in the first half hour.

Sweden thought not only entitled to two penalty kicks. The formation of national coach Jan Andersson lost in the nineteenth minute, also to Jacob Johansson. The author of the only goal last Friday in Solna had with a seemingly serious knee injury on the field. In the second half, dominated Italy, without much doelkansen got. Florenzi was the nearest to a goal, but shot right next to it. In injury time claimed the home team is still in vain for a penalty when Granqvist hands made.

A lot of players from Italy were heaving in sobs after the final whistle. So also the 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who his 175th international retiring from the national team confirmed. ‘This I’m so sorry”, cried Buffon. “We have for the whole country failed. It is not that we Swedes have underestimated. But we lacked the sharpness to score. I wish young goalkeepers like Gianluigi Donnarumma and Mattia Perin a lot of success. I hope that they me not going to disappoint you.’

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