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  • Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden go through

    Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden, who booked a place at next year's tournament in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday. The Swedes survived wave after wave of Italian attacks in the second leg of their European playoff tie on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a disbelieving San Siro. Four-times champions Italy, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 finals in Sweden, penned the...

  • Soccer: Ventura wants Italy to qualify by "playing football"

    MILAN (Reuters) - Beleaguered Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said his team would try to qualify for the World Cup by “playing football” after their ill-tempered playoff first leg against Sweden.

  • Soccer: "Humble" Sweden taking nothing for granted against Italy

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden are taking nothing for granted as they head to Milan for the second leg of their World Cup playoff against Italy on Monday after Jan Andersson's players took a 1-0 lead in the tie.

  • Soccer: Pirlo joins the criticism as Italy fears the worst

    MILAN (Reuters) - Former playmaker Andrea Pirlo joined the criticism after Italy's 1-0 defeat to Sweden on Friday left the four-times champions on the brink of missing out on the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

  • Zaza injury worries Italy ahead of Sweden showdown

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Italy arrived in Sweden for the first game of their two-legged World Cup playoff against Sweden with doubts about the fitness of striker Simone Zaza, who has knee injury which is likely to keep him out of Friday's match.

  • Soccer: Blood and guts won't be enough for Italy, says De Rossi

    MILAN (Reuters) - Italy midfield Daniele De Rossi thinks the old cliches about giving 110 percent and asking for the backing of the supporters did not apply to their World Cup qualifying playoff against Sweden.

  • Soccer: Jorginho gets surprise Italy call-up, Zaza back for playoffs

    MILAN (Reuters) - Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho was surprisingly included in Italy's squad on Saturday for their World Cup qualifying playoff against Sweden while forward Simone Zaza was recalled after a year-long absence.