All the USA needed was a tie or a win versus lowly-ranked Trinidad / Tobago and their birth to the Russian World Cup would be signed and sealed. Their destiny was in their own hands.
Every bookmaker had the USA as outright favorites and nobody had any thought of the mighty USA losing this match.
It happened that Trinidad / Tobago won the match 2-1, in what has been described as the lowest day in USA football history.
This result shook the entire North American football community to its core. What a letdown and complete shock!
Four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, after losing its playoff to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate.
The last major competitions Italy missed were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships. It has participated in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 tournament.
Unreal…the USA and Italy are out and will not participate in the Russian World Cup !!
“Fuck” is what I said then and I say it again now !!