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A big shock is reverberating throughout global football, 4-time World Cup winners, Italy will not be at Russia 2018 after losing 1-0 to Sweden on aggregate, after a 0-0 draw tonight in Milan. There was apprehension after the 1st leg of the play-off in Sweden ended 1-0 to the Scandinavians but very few actually believed Italy would not turn-it-around in the 2nd-leg.
Despite a lack of creativity and heroic defending from Sweden at the San Siro, Italian Manager, Gian Piero Ventura failed to play Lorenzo Insigne who many believe to be the star player Italy needed to go to for positive results. However, it was not to be and the Azzurri will not be in the World Cup since 1958.
A great victory for Sweden and one wonders if their biggest superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimović will come out of retirement to play at the World Cup.