Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for first time in 60 years

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Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 0-0 draw with Sweden at the San Siro.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 13, 2017   Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson and team mates celebrate after the match          REUTERS/Max Rossi

The four-time World Cup winners needed to score in front of their home fans after a shock 1-0 loss in Sweden.

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLOMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

Italy saw three penalty decisions turned down while Sweden themselves had one excellent shout dismissed by the referee.

Sweden set the tone for a hectic play-off decider inside the first ten minutes when Ludwig Augustinsson flew in on Marco Parolo in the box.

 

Sweden's defender Victor Lindeloef (2ndR) shakes hands with Italy's defender Andrea Barzagli (L) at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.  / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

The Swedes progress to the World Cup in Russia while Italy join the Netherlands as another giant of the game to miss out on the tournament next summer.

Sweden's players celebrate at the end of the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Four-time champion Italy has failed to qualify for World Cup; Sweden advances with 1-0 aggregate win in playoff. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

There were incredible scenes inside the San Siro as the referee blew for the final time and Sweden pulled off a historic upset.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon cries after his team got eliminated in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon was playing his last game for Italy and broke down in the post-match interview on the pitch. ‘I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,’ he said.

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