Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden go through

Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden go through

This Monday, November 13, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific) Italy will host Sweden at the San Siro for the second leg of a UEFA World Cup qualifier play-off.

Italy, who are now ranked 15th in the world, had an ordinary qualification campaign, finishing second in their group. "We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on", he said.

Marco Verratti is suspended for Monday's game with Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose in a bruising first leg against Sweden in Stockholm.

Honduras and Australia will play off in Sydney on Wednesday after a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their tie, while two-legged clashes between Ireland and Denmark and Peru and New Zealand lie identically poised after their respective first legs.

Veteran goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has retired from worldwide football after Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958, declaring: "I am sorry for all of Italian football".

The first is that the four-time world champions fail to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 and a curtain falls on the worldwide careers of half the team, including Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and the icon that is Gianluigi Buffon.

"I expect a full San Siro to carry this team through". As expected, Italy continued to dominate possession but Janne Andersson's side were able to thwart any attacks Giampiero Ventura's men attempted.

"It is an important game for the history of our national team".

"We know we've lost, but we have another 90 minutes to overcome this complicated situation".

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