Four-time winners Italy will miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they could only draw NIL-NIL with Sweden at the San Siro in the second leg of their play-off on Monday.

Jakob Johansson had given Sweden a 1-NIL lead in the tie after he netted in Friday’s first leg, and the visitors then produced an immaculate defensive performance in Milan to book their spot at the 2018 tournament.

Italy will not be present at their first World Cup since 1958.

According to ESPN, Italy’s Coach Gian Piero Ventura denied that he has already resigned his post after his side failed to reach the 2018 World Cup.

Some reports in Italy said Ventura handed in his resignation after Monday’s goalless draw with Sweden sealed the Azzurri’s fate, but the coach said he would first speak to federation president Carlo Tavecchio.



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