‘APOCALYPSE’

Italy Fails to Secure World Cup Spot for First Time Since 1958

Italy failed to secure its spot in next year’s World Cup tournament for the first time since 1958. The four-time champions lost their play-offs on Monday to Sweden, who won their Wold Cup spot for the first time since 2006. Carlo Tavecchio, president of the Italian FA, said in September that “not qualifying would be an apocalypse.”