Sweden stun Italy to book World Cup return

Sheri Evans
November 14, 2017

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

Gian Piero Ventura has reportedly announced his resignation from Italy's managerial role after a 0-0 draw against Sweden on Monday saw his side fail to qualify for the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Who's already qualified for the 2018 World Cup? It was the third-longest active streak behind Brazil (20) and Germany (16).

Neither team was particularly impressive in the first leg of this matchup but Italy had a very disappointing display.

"We analyzed the things that went well and others that did not go so well".

Sweden's goalkeeper Robin Olsen only had one save throughout the match and will surely be worked more in this second leg.

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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 leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin".

The four-time champions had been present at every World Cup since 1958 - and Buffon himself since 1998 - and the 39-year-old's retirement from global football was made prematurely on Monday night.

The Croatian football federation seems to have approached Ancelotti for the same reasons as Italy, as the team face equal hard times.

It will played at the San Siro.

"It is an important game for the history of our national team. We invite them to support us, but realize the time has come for us to show them what we've got".

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