Italy Misses World Cup Qualifier For First Time Since 1958

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ELISE HU, HOST: Italy lost a playoff to Sweden last night. La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote this about the loss - Italy, this is the apocalypse - because it means the Italian men's national soccer team will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played in his last international game, was in tears. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) GIANLUIGI BUFFON: (Speaking Italian). HU: He's apologizing there and knows this loss was much bigger than him. The tears have been flowing all over Italy today. So what happened? Let's ask Paolo Bandini. He's a European soccer writer and joins us via Skype. Paolo, thanks for being with us. PAOLO BANDINI: No problem. HU: So what happened?...

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