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Italy’s 0-0 draw at San Siro was not enough to overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat in Sweden, so the Azzurri will be out of the World Cup first time since 1958. Juventus player Federico Bernardeschi spoke to Rai Sport after the match.

“It’s really disappointing, because not going to the World Cup is truly something tragic. I want to make an appeal to the ‘senators’ of the squad, because they did not deserve this. Today a piece of Italian football history is leaving, important champions who wrote their names in stone for both Calcio and the sport worldwide.”

“I thank them with all my heart and now it’s up to us youngsters to take on their example and bring as many victories as possible to this Nazionale. We begin again with our heads held high, proud to be Italian and to take these colours to the top.”

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