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14 November 2017, 12:41 | Andy Ferguson
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But Ventura failed to achieve what his predecessor had during his year-and-a-half in charge, with Italy regressing in a World Cup qualifying campaign that counted a 1-1 home draw to Macedonia last month among its more disappointing results.
But for all of Italy's territorial dominance, clear cut chances were hard to fashion - they forced a couple of comfortable saves out of Robin Olsen, but by the 75th minute it was still deadlocked as the boos started to ring out around the San Siro. "We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on", said Sweden coach Jan Andersson.
"It is really important that we do not end up in a defensive position where we have to defend our goal for 90 minutes, because they are so skilled that they will hurt as sooner or later".
We lacked the energy and sharpness to score a goal, but at the end of the day Sweden played in much the same way as the first leg. I don't want to think it's the game of life but I'm convinced that, with the help of the fans, we will do it.
The first is that the four-time world champions fail to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 and a curtain falls on the worldwide careers of half the team, including Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and the icon that is Gianluigi Buffon.
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The big news from the first leg is that Marco Verratti will miss the second contest after picking up a yellow card in Sweden.
After winning the World Cup in 2006 for a fourth time, Italy went out at the group stage of the next two editions.
For the first time since 1958, Italy won't be participating in a World Cup. There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.
"It is an important game for the history of our national team. We invite them to support us, but realize the time has come for us to show them what we've got".
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