ITALY has failed to qualify for the finals of the World Cup for the first time in 60 years and Twitter users have responded by mocking the country with hilarious memes.
The four-time world champions crashed of Russia 2018 after being defeated 1-0 on aggregate by Sweden.
As Italy’s players sobbed on the pitch social media jokers stepped up.
Many were clearly delighted and calculating the increased odds of their teams clinching the title.
But others appeared unable to get over the shock result.
The surprised faces of sitcom stars, super heroes and dogs were all harnessed to express football fans’ disbelief.
It’s not just fans that were left in shock.
Pundit Gary Lineker tweeted: “Mamma Mia! Italy, 6 times World Cup finalists, 4 times World Cup winners, ever-present in the World Cup finals since 1958 have failed to qualify for
#Russia2018. It won’t be quite the same without them. Arrivederci.”
Lineker’s fans were quick to console him and broken hearted Italians with one posting a meme reading: “Don’t be upsetti. Eat some spaghetti.”
As Italy mourned the Swedish players created a meme of their own, crashing into live TV coverage as they celebrated.
Sweden players celebrate as they knock Italy out of the World Cup at the qualifying stage
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