Sweden qualify as Italy miss out on FIFA World Cup

Sweden qualify as Italy miss out on FIFA World Cup

Sweden qualify as Italy miss out on FIFA World Cup

At the other end, Sweden had a more legitimate shout dismissed when Matteo Darmian seemingly handled as Marcus Berg tried to squirm his way through the home defence.

In between Sweden claiming their 1-0 first-leg win against Italy in Stockholm on Friday and the start of this second leg in Milan, five playoffs were played across the globe and none of them resulted in a single goal. As expected, Italy continued to dominate possession but Janne Andersson's side were able to thwart any attacks Giampiero Ventura's men attempted.

A series of controversial penalty decisions by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz - none was awarded - were the story of the game.

The closest the hosts came to scoring was a Ciro Immobile effort, which was partially stopped by Olsen and cleared away by Victor Lindelof as it was about to trickle over the line.

Despite the embarrassment of a botched campaign this cycle, Buffon refused to lay the blame on manager Gian Piero Ventura.

The play was nearly entirely focused on Sweden's back half in the final minutes.

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Soon after, Florenzi's cross into the box fell to the head of Lustig, who deflected the ball onto the crossbar but safely out for a corner.

The Brazilian-born Jorginho was finally handed his competitive debut by Ventura, and the midfielder impressed with some deft passing.

Belotti's soft shot drifted wide in the 84th minute, El Shaarawy's volley three minutes later was saved by Olsen, and Parolo missed as the crowd at the San Siro grew increasingly quiet.

Tasty as those sour grapes are, though, a World Cup without Gianluigi Buffon-and the prospect of his impending national team retirement-just doesn't sit right.

The Juventus legend insisted he was not saddened by the end of his global career, which peaked with the 2006 World Cup triumph, but rather the effect the result will have on Italian football.

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