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'A national shame': Local papers react harshly to Italy's World Cup failure

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Published 4:04 a.m. ET Nov. 14, 2017 | Updated 9:05 a.m. ET Nov. 14, 2017

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Italy was unable to defeat Sweden on Monday, meaning the soccer-crazed country will miss the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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ROME (AP) — 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.

Italy had participated in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 tournament,…

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