Online stock market books Say it a twist of tale or misfortune, the four-time champions, Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after losing to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate in their two-leg play-off. Italy’s mediocre performance left them with a 1-0 first-leg defeat to Sweden on Monday in Milan. Italy will miss their first world cup finals since 1958.
The news came as a shock for all the football fans, fraternity and the Italian supporters, all questioning the strategies and tactics of coach Gian Piero Ventura. The team could not score in the entire game, and Sweden with 1-0 qualified for 2018’s tournament in Russia. Jakob Johansson gave Sweden the lead in the tie after he netted in Friday’s first leg of the playoff.
With saddened heart, broken dreams and tears in eyes, the four-time world champions left the league. Playing his last match, the legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said he was “Sorry for all of the Italian football. It’s a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup. Blame is shared equally among everyone. There can’t be scapegoats.”
— Italy (@azzurri) November 13, 2017
The winning coach Janne Andersson said “I am emotional and very happy, this match showed our collective strength. With Ibrahimovic, we would have played differently. He’s retired and he’s a great champion. So we adapted and we play in another way now.”
Excerpts from BBC