Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 13, 2017 Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson and team mates celebrate after the match - REUTERS/Max Rossi
CAIRO – 14 November 2017: Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup after a goalless draw at home against Sweden. Italy failed to overcome the 0-1 loss in the first leg.
Italy started the game with a massive attacking line of Ciro Immobile, Manolo Gabbiadini, Antonio Candreva and Alessandro Florenzi to score the first goal in the game.
Italy failed to score any goal in the first half despite all the chances they created; Sweden’s solid defense prevented them from opening the score.
In the second half, Italy’s manager, Gian Piero Ventura made three substitutes to strengthen the Italian attacking force; he used Stephan El Shaarawy, Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi. However, the Swedish goalkeeper saved his net from all their chances to end the game 0-0 and take his country to the World Cup.
Italy failed to qualify to the World Cup for the third time in history as they previously failed to reach 1930 and 1958 World Cup tournaments, while Sweden qualified to the World Cup after they missed the last two tournaments in South Africa and Brazil.