‘Dis­as­ter’: Italy not in WC, first time in 60 yrs

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

I tal­ians slumped into col­lec­tive de­pres­sion on Tues­day af­ter the national team failed to qual­ify for the Fifa World Cup for the first time in 60 years. ‘Dis­as­ter’, ‘night­mare’ and ‘hu­mil­i­a­tion’ were some of the ex­pres­sions used to de­scribe the shock exit.

The 2-time champs missed the bus af­ter play­ing out a 0-0 draw with Swe­den in the 2nd leg of their play­off, hav­ing lost the first leg 0-1. A tear­ful skip­per Gian­luigi Buf­fon­said he was “sorry for all of Ital­ian foot­ball” as he led a wave of international re­tire­ments.

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