Carlo Campo

4h in the past

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Andrea Pirlo wasn’t an possibility. Marco Verratti was suspended. Lorenzo Insigne was unbelievably confined to the bench. The writing was on the wall.

On Monday, Italy and Sweden performed out a scoreless draw at Stadio San Siro because the Azzurri, who entered the sport needing a victory, did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup and despatched a rustic into mourning. It is going to be the primary time since 1958 that soccer’s most prestigious match is performed with out the four-time champion.

As the ultimate whistle sounded, Italy’s footballers dropped to the bottom. A few of them have been in tears, together with Gianluigi Buffon, who might have represented the Azzurri for the ultimate time.

“I am not sorry for myself however all of Italian soccer,” the Italian ‘keeper stated. “We failed at one thing which additionally means one thing on a social degree. There’s remorse at ending like that, not as a result of time passes.”

Whistles and boos echoed throughout Stadio San Siro after a show during which Italy, needing to attain at the very least as soon as, lacked a leading edge within the closing third. With out Insigne, whose omission from the sport was inexplicable and led to supporters calling for the sacking of Gian Piero Ventura, the Azzurri merely could not break down Sweden’s defence.

The defensive quartet of Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, and Ludwig Augustinsson was distinctive, conserving Italy at bay whereas guaranteeing that Robin Olsen wasn’t made to work. It was a well-recognized scene. Similar to the primary leg, the Azzurri’s Three-5-2 formation left the forwards remoted and compelled the ball to be performed to the wing-backs, Antonio Candreva and Matteo Darmian, who could not do a lot. Jorginho offered a layer of creativity that was absent in Sweden nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to beat a tactical nightmare by Ventura.

Of notice, the 1958 World Cup – which marks Italy’s final absence – was performed in Sweden, and the Blagult misplaced to Brazil within the closing.