Thursday November 23, 2017
14 November 2017, Tuesday
Italy to miss WC-2018 for 1st time since 1958
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Dhaka, Nov 14 (Just News) : Four-time winners Italy will miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they could only draw 0-0 with Sweden at the San Siro in the second leg of their play-off on Monday.

Jakob Johansson had given Sweden a 1-0 lead in the tie after he netted in Friday’s first leg, and the visitors then produced an immaculate defensive performance in Milan to book their spot at 2018’s tournament.

Italy will not be present at their first World Cup since 1958, and manager Gian Piero Ventura is likely to face huge criticism for failing to see the Azzurri through.

The hosts had their opportunities on Monday, especially in the first half, but looked devoid of inspiration late on as they searched desperately for a goal that would have seen the tie go to extra time.

(Just News/desk/ot/1243h.)

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