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    Italy out of the World Cup

    When did that last happen?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacko51 View Post
    When did that last happen?!
    Apparently 1958. Wonder if they’ll get showered with rotten tomatoes again ! Wonder if there were any penalties NOT given?

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    I only saw the second half (after Corrie had finished!) but it looked a poor Italian team. Lots of huff and puff but little constructive football. How they miss Pirlo.

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    4 times winners, twice runners-up, now reduced to tears. The World Cup without Italy and Holland will look very different.

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    They obviously don't deserve to be there but it won't be the same without teams like Italy there. Couldn't believe how poor they looked though, very average actually think england would look decent against them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bea Smith View Post
    4 times winners, twice runners-up, now reduced to tears. The World Cup without Italy and Holland will look very different.
    good...

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    Sweden are a rugged, difficult to beat team, just the type of team no nation wants to meet in a two leg qualifier for the World Cup Finals. Italy no longer has the like of Pirlo, Totti or Zola to call on and surprisingly their heir apparent, Insigne, sat on the bench all the game. I can imagine Italians are gutted just as I was the 3 times England didn't make it.

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    I agree with you 100%. Sweden haven't got much quality either but they are very organised, strong, tall and physical all over the pitch. They were the ones to miss in the play-offs!
    Italy were a bit unlucky as they peppered the Swedish goal for 90 minutes but there was little quality in evidence whatsoever. Long balls are meat and drink to the big Swedish team.

    I couldn't fathom why the Italians had so little quality and imagination. They usually have 2-3 stand-out players and I was very impressed with Napoli when they played Man City. Was the team selection wrong?
    A day of mourning in Italy today, but congratulations to the Swedes for a very gutsy display, full of heart and endeavour. To get a 0-0 in the San Siro is no mean feat.

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    When Conte left, Italy appointed Ventura. He's thought of as a bit of a dinosaur with an undistinguished management career. Arguably he could have been a bit bolder at a time when the team was in transition. Insigne, who is in great club form at, probably should have played. The next manager (Ancelotti?) will find it far easier to have a clear out of the old guard.

    Italy didn't have a kind draw for their group and without a doubt there will have been other teams who had easier paths to qualification. Going to go through the play offs was always going to be a possibility from the start and pretty much inevitable when Spain destroyed them at the Bernabéu. Isco was clinical that night. So when you know you're finishing second in the group to Spain you're basically at the mercy of a two legged cup tie.

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