Italy 0-0 Sweden: Italians miss first World Cup in 60 years!

World Cup 2018 By: Linus Onyeze | 13/11/2017

How often does Italy run the risk of not making the World Cup? Easy guess. Once in 60 years. And that was exactly the case at the start of this match, as the Azzurri ran the risk of failing to reach the biggest football showpiece for the first time since 1958.

They had lost the first leg playoff match to Sweden – albeit narrowly – but one would have expected them to pull through playing in front of their fans at San Siro.

And the game started with the former world champions on the front food, as they pegged the Swedes behind, but their first real chance of the match didn’t come until the 27th minute, when Antonio Candreva picked up a perfect pass inside the box, made himself some space for a shot, but his effort went just over the crossbar.

Alessandro Florenzi then went close just before the break, when he skipped past a few defenders in the penalty area and struck a low shot towards the left side of the goal, but the goalkeeper denied his effort with a superb save.

At the restart, Italy knew there were just 45 minutes left to get something out of the game, and shortly after, it was Florenzi again who went close, as he smacked a great volley at goal from inside the box, but sent the effort just wide of the right post.

Sweden were not without their own threats, as the anxiety and pressure grew on Italy as the game progressed without them finding the back of the net.

As the game grows older, the fewer the chances for Italy, and the game ended in a goalless stalemate despite having five added minutes, meaning Italy would now miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.