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Sport Sweden knock Italy out of the World Cup

23:55  13 november  2017
23:55  13 november  2017 Source:

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The following two games, Sweden in the semifinal and Italy in the final, were very one-sided affairs. Saudi Arabia thus became the first Asian team to reach the knock - out stage of the World Cup since North Korea in 1966.

The knock out stage resulted in a repeat of the 1970 final but this time Brazil and Italy produced a tedious match devoid of chances and for the first time, the World Cup was decided by a penalty competition. With supreme irony, Roberto Baggio

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For the first time since 1958, a World Cup will be played without Italy as a participant after Giampiero Ventura’s were held to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro.

Sweden, protecting a 1-0 lead from the first lef, defended heroically and despite some questionable refereeing decisions, they managed to hold on.

Both sides will feel like they should have had two penalties but referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz didn’t give any of them and despite Italy dominating possession, they couldn’t find a break through.

The defeat means that Gianluigi Buffon’s international career ends prematurely and that Sweden will be competing at Russia 2018.

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Erik Nilsson of Sweden and Alfred Bickel of Switzerland are the only men to have played in the World Cup both before and after World War II. In 1990 they were knocked out after three straight defeats in the groupstage. Korea (North) sent Italy out of the 1966 World Cup already in the groupstage.

STAT ATTACK. Sweden are aiming to qualify for their 12th World Cup and their first since 2006, when they were knocked out by hosts Germany in the Last 16 (2-0). Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the World Cup qualifying play-off first-leg between Sweden and Italy .

Ventura’s position as manager will be untenable and whilst the inquest goes ahead, Italians will need to prepare for a summer where they won’t see their side playing at the World Cup.

Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg © Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Sport Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg

Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco .
Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned after Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday. The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome."He informed us of his resignation," Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players' Union, told journalists outside the federation headquarters.

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