Soccer: Italy in shock after World Cup 'apocalypse'

Azzurri set to miss tournament for first time since 1958

Soccer: Italy in shock after World Cup 'apocalypse'

Rome, November 14 - Italy is in shock after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The Azzurri could do no better than a 0-0 draw against Sweden in Monday's playoff return, so they will not be going to next year's tournament in Russia after losing the first leg 1-0 on Friday. The press and sports pundits used words such as "apocalypse", "disaster" and "humiliation" to describe the four-time world champions' failure to qualify.

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