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Italy stunned as Sweden beat Azzurri on aggregate to reach World Cup

Italy stunned as Sweden beat Azzurri on aggregate to reach World Cup

"The San Siro doesn't score, I've never seen a fan score", said Pirlo, a member of the 2006 World Cup-winning team who announced last week he was retiring from football.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura blamed bad luck and the referee for Friday's defeat in Stockholm. Ventura has been widely criticized for his tactics throughout the qualifying campaign, with seemingly arbitrary changes in formation, often ranging from an all-out attacking stance to a cagey defensive approach.

But why do we want Italy to qualify?

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LaRue said she eventually bolted out of the house, and later called her agent, who she claims was in on what happened. Sound the alarms, this is not a test, this is the real thing, activate all defense systems, '" she said.

To avoid maintaining their remarkable sequence of World Cup appearances, they face the game against Sweden amid an atmosphere of what 'keeper Buffon has described as "high tension".

The first is that the four-time world champions fail to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 and a curtain falls on the global careers of half the team, including Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and the icon that is Gianluigi Buffon.

And now we have the catalogue of penalty appeals during this Italy-Sweden clash, all of which were overruled by Lahoz. Italy failed to make it out of the Group Stage in 2014. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something.

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Golden Tate caught six passes for 97 yards and a score, while cornerback Nevin Lawson returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown. Cleveland bounced back from that to score touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half to take a 24-17 lead.

Sweden came in second place in the 1958 World Cup.

Italy looked the stronger side, and had plenty of chances - 11 shots on goal to Sweden's one in the first half - but could not convert any. That is the only regret I have and certainly not that I am finishing my career, because time passes and it's only right. We know how to get back up again as we've always done. But even in its most basic form, it would surely be better than the status quo, which sees officials castigated for honest mistakes and teams denied a place at the World Cup as a effect.

Trailing 1-0 on aggregate to a Jakob Johansson goal scored in Friday's first leg in Stockholm, Giampiero Ventura's Azzurri were cheered on by nearly 72,000 Italian fans in Milan.

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A stone-throwing mob injured 22 police officers as a riot erupted in Brussels after Morocco qualified for the World Cup. Morocco maintained their record of not conceding a single goal in the six games in CAF qualifying Group C.

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


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