Maradona rues Italy’s World Cup absence

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Rome (AFP) – Argentine legend Diego Maradona lamented Italy’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, regretting the absence of “one of the greats” of international football.

Four-time world champions Italy missed out on a place in the finals after Monday’s 0-0 draw in Milan in the second leg of their European play-off sent Sweden through 1-0 on aggregate.

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