Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1958
Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1958:-One of the most successful soccer countries in the world won’t be traveling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
For the first time since 1958, four-time World Cup winner Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing in a playoff against Sweden.
Italy and Sweden played to a scoreless tie in the second leg match on Monday at San Siro in Milan with Italy losing 1-0 on aggregate.
The loss signaled what is likely the end of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon’s international career. Buffon, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, made his national team debut two decades ago.
Sweden’s defense did enough to take away the Azzurri’s chances, and goalkeeper Robin Olsen was only really tested once.
Sweden reaches its first World Cup since 2006. It was denied two penalties for apparent handballs, first from Matteo Darmian and then from Andrea Barzagli.
Italy players and fans were devastated after missing the first World Cup since 1958
Jakob Johansson, who scored Sweden’s lone goal in the first leg, picked up an early yellow card Monday along with Giorgio Chiellini and Barzagli.
Italy is tied with Germany for the second-most World Cup titles, trailing Brazil, who has five.
Italy joins the United States and Chile as notable nations who failed to qualify.