For the very first time since 1958, Italy will never be participating in the World Cup. The four-period champions and eight-period semifinalists were taken away from qualifying by Sweden, who grabbed a 0-0 draw on Mon to summarize a 1-0 aggregate make an impression on two hip and legs of the UEFA qualifying playoff. This is the first time Sweden has experienced since 2006.
With Sweden having won the first leg in the home, they set up conservatively and played a lot of the meet with 11 players in their own half. On the other hand, they were denied two big penalty shouts for handballs in the initial half. The next was this egregious mistake by the officials that Emil Forsberg received in the referee’s deal with and berated him until he was proven a yellow card.
However the referee was nothing if certainly not consistent. He was apparently intent on not offering a penalty for anything, as evidenced by Italy certainly not being granted a spot kick on this concern by Mikael Lustig.
That’s a good penalty. Lustig went wwe on Darmian #ITASWE pic.twitter.com/avw6HpzCsp – Scot Munroe (@scot_munroe) November 13, 2017
The entire second 50 percent followed a predictable pattern. Italy would set up their entire team – centre backs and all – within 40 yards of the Sweden target. The Swedes ceased to contain strikers, and kept 11 guys behind the ball. Italy kicked the ball into the field and looked dangerous, but Sweden’s defenders did sufficiently to block pictures or force them large. Italy finished with 23 shots, but only six on concentrate on, and Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen appeared in control.
Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura strangely didn’t use Lorenzo Insigne, his team’s most in-form attacker. Insigne experienced 18 goals and nine assists in Serie A last season, and provides three goals and four assists up to now this advertising campaign, to go along with three goals in Champions Group.
Other notable teams passing up on the 2018 World Cup include the Netherlands, who have made the last two World Cup semifinals, america, who have made the last seven tournaments, and Chile, who will be the most recent champions of SOUTH USA.