Italy Will Not Play In 2018 World Cup For First Time Since 1958: Sweden Clinches Russia 2018 Spot


Italy Will Not Play In 2018 World Cup For First Time Since 1958: Sweden Clinches Russia 2018 Spot

For the first time since 1958, Italy, a nation who has won the tournament four times, will not be featured with the FIFA World Cup.

Sweden held Italy to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the European qualifiers on Monday at the San Siro. Sweden defeated Italy by 1-0 in the first leg at home, and this proved to be enough to secure a ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Italy Will Not Play In 2018 World Cup For First Time Since 1958: Sweden Clinches Russia 2018 Spot

Italy Will Not Play In 2018 World Cup For First Time Since 1958: Sweden Clinches Russia 2018 Spot

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The 14 consecutive World Cup of appearances of the Italy's streak is snapped in the process and adds to a list of big nations who failed to qualify including the United States, Netherlands, Chile, Ghana, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast.

Here's the first match.

And here's the second one.

It was the third-longest active streak behind Germany (16) and Brazil (20) and it likely means we will not see the legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon in the upcoming World Cup.