Azzuri Miss Out On World Cup Spot For The First Time Since 1958

Italy,The Azzuri, have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Italy , were held in barren draw by Sweden yesterday.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side dominated possession at the San Siro but could not find a way past Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who saved from Ciro Immobile and Alessandro Florenzi at the end of the first half and then denied Stephan El Shaarawy late in the game.

Sweden offered little in attack but held on to secure their first World Cup appearance since 2006.

The goalless draw saw Italy lose 1-0 on aggregate.

Despite peppering the Swedish goal with shots over the course of 90 minutes, Italy’s formidable strike force could not break down their opponent’s defense.

Goalkeeper,Gianluigi Buffon, is set to retire at the end of the season.

The international future of Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli is still bleak as they will all be in their late 30s in 2022.

Perennial favorites the Netherlands, back-to-back South American champions Chile, and the United States, which had been a fixture at the finals for the last seven tournaments, all failed to make the grade this time around.

Another side that face the danger of exclusion from the World Cup tie, Argentina, was saved from the blushes by a hat-trick performance by talisman Lionel Messi in their final game.

Elsewhere, Croatia drew 0-0 with Greece but advanced to the finals 4-1 on aggregate, while Switzerland broke Northern Irish hearts by holding on to another goalless draw, advancing 1-0 on aggregate after a controversial penalty in the first leg. Play-offs continue, with 29 of 32 berths already decided.
In the coming days the Republic of Ireland face Denmark, New Zealand travel to Peru, and Australia will host Honduras to determine the remaining three slots.
The draw for the finals takes place in Moscow on Friday December 1.