‘A na­tional shame’: Pa­pers on Italy exit

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The End. The Apoca­lypse. A na­tional shame. Lo­cal news­pa­pers spared no words Tues­day in de­scrib­ing four-time cham­pion Italy’s fail­ure to qual­ify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

The Gazzetta dello Sport head­line read “FINE” — “The End” — in big, block let­ters, while Turin daily La Stampa wrote “Apoca­lypse Az­zurra.”

Rome daily Il Mes­sag­gero called it “A na­tional shame,” and Rome sports daily Cor­riere dello Sport said “Ev­ery­one out.”

Af­ter a score­less draw with Swe­den on Mon­day, Italy lost its World Cup qual­i­fy­ing play­off on 1-0 ag­gre­gate.

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