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Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

Italy Miss First World Cup In 60 Years As Sweden Qualify

By James Agberebi: Four-time world champions Italy will not be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following their 0-0 home draw against Sweden in the second leg of their European play-off qualifier on Monday.

The draw means Sweden go through 1-0 on aggregate after winning the first-leg by the same scoreline.

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This is the first time since the 1958 edition held in Sweden that Italy have failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

For Sweden, they will be making a return to the World Cup after missing out in the 2010 and 2014 editions in South Africa and Brazil respectively.

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Also, this will be Sweden’s 12th appearance at the World Cup since making their debut at the second edition held in 1934 in Italy.

The final play-off game will see Republic of Ireland host Denmark on Tuesday.

In the first leg played on Saturday, Ireland forced Denmark to a 0-0 draw.

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