Italy out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

Sweden and Italy gear up for World Cup playoff clash

Sweden and Italy gear up for World Cup playoff clash

Italy were in the World Cup UEFA play-offs after finishing second to 2010 world champions Spain in their Group, but a limp effort across both legs of their clash with Sweden has left the team in disarray.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden, who booked a place at next year´s tournament in Russian Federation with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something.

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.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura blamed bad luck and the referee for Friday's defeat in Stockholm.

"I leave behind a national team who have got quality and will have people talking about them, from Gigio Donnarumma to [Mattia] Perin - I'm sure they will ensure I am not missed".

Civilians injured in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital
Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed and at least 40,000 wounded, mostly from Saudi-led air strikes. More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in a cholera outbreak now affecting almost one million people.

There are two possible narratives as Italy prepare for their World Cup date with destiny against Sweden in Milan on tonight.

And elimination would nearly certainly mean goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon playing his final competitive global. Emil Forsberg proved to be the Nordic team's best player throughout the first round of the qualifiers and was the clear standout in the first leg.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and in the end, it was decided on an incident".

He added: "We want to send Italians a message not with words, but with action on the pitch".

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