ROME (AP) — The End. The Apocalypse. A national shame.
Italy lost a World Cup playoff on aggregate after a scoreless home draw with Sweden, leaving the four-time champion out of the tournament for the first time in 60 years.
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
Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2017/11/14/a-national-shame-local-papers-react-harshly-to-italy-exit/107671590/
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