Italy fails to qualify for World Cup after draw with Sweden

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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 at next year´s tournament in Russian Federation with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday.

I don't want to think it's the game of life but I'm convinced that, with the help of the fans, we will do it.

"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear", said Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.

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The Swedes prevailed 1-0 on aggregate after they won the first leg on Friday.

This shouldn't make America feel any better, but there is a very, very petty part of me that can't help but relish watching an worldwide titan like Italy struggle with the same kind of failure as the USMNT.

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The Croatian football federation seems to have approached Ancelotti for the same reasons as Italy, as the team face equal hard times. The likes of Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti of the 2006 side could change a match with one moment of magic.

An El Shaarawy shot was kept out by Olsen and Parolo's header whent wide, then Buffon came up for a corner in a final desperate gamble as Italy fell short of reaching the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

The lack of stars in the Italy team is reflected in the Italian league. But while its defense forms the backbone of the Italy team, its midfield and attack are made up mainly of foreign players.

Just 16 months ago, the Azzurri were only knocked out of Euro 2016 via a quarter-final penalty shootout defeat to Germany, but the upward trajectory started by Antonio Conte has not continued under Ventura, whose position appears untenable.

Jorginho created Italy's best opportunities with two throughballs for Ciro Immobile, who hit the netting from a tight angle from one. We know how to get back up again as we've always done.

Meanwhile, the highly rated Lorenzo Insigne surprisingly played only 15 minutes of the playoff - and out of position.