- Sweden hold Italy to a 0-0 draw in Milan
- Italy will miss the Fifa World Cup for the first time in 60-years
- Italians react with mixture of shock, disbelief and disappointment
Italy has failed to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia when it drew 0-0 with Sweden at the San Siro Stadium in Milan on Monday night.
This is the first time in 60-years that Italy has failed to qualify for the tournament and marks only the third time a Fifa World Cup will be held without the Italians being there. Italy did not participate in the first world cup in 1930 and failed to qualify for the 1958 edition.
Bars and restaurants across Italy went silent as the final whistle blew. Italians reacted with a mixture of shock, disbelief and disappointment. Davide Penna said: “I still can’t believe it has happened, we have never experienced anything like this. It’s over.”
Briefly.co.za learned from Citizen.co.za many Italians would never have experienced their team not playing at a World Cup and not many Italians are expected to watch the tournament next year.
“I was born with Italy being a part of the World Cup, and it has always been like that,” one supporter mused. Others said: “Tomorrow I will wake up and my life will go on but this summer I will do something else.”
Italians were confident that their team would prevail over what was seen as weaker opposition. Many Italians simply didn’t think it was possible for the team not to qualify for the World Cup.
One student had a different view and said the team lacked world-class talent and played poorly. He said that he hoped the failure would serve as a shock to Italian football.
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