Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Italy join France, Argentina in list of shocking FIFA World Cup exits

Italy join France, Argentina in list of shocking FIFA World Cup exits

Subsequently, Italy failed to find the elusive goal that would have taken the game to extra time, resulting in Gli Azzuri skidding out of the competition after a diabolical qualifying run, the first time they have failed to reach the finals since 1958.

The Italy players, who along with their 69-year-old coach Gian Piero Ventura, are likely to face long inquests, collapsed onto the pitch in despair at the final whistle and even veterans such as Giorgio Chiellini were inconsolable.

As De Rossi protested with the staff member he also pointed to Insigne, a fellow unused substitute on the night.

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De Rossi later admitted to protesting against Ventura's decisions and apologised in a post-match interview with Italian television channel Rai Sport. "I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up".

"It wasn't up to me whether it was a tactical issue".

"At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead".

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Aside from the U.S., Italy and the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland, Ghana and Wales are some of the high-profile teams set to miss out on the 2018 World Cup, with the U.S. and Italy having seen lengthy World Cup streaks snapped in dramatic fashion.

FIFA World Cup™-winner Gianluigi Buffon was in touching of history but in the end his Italy side fell just short of winning a ticket to Russian Federation 2018, with defeat against Sweden bringing down the curtain on a legendary career at worldwide level.

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