Four-times champions Italy, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 finals in Sweden, penned the visitors into their own half for most of the game and created a hatful of chances but could not find a way past Robin Olsen in the Sweden goal.
This will be the second time the team will not play in the tournament.
TEARFUL Gianluigi Buffon apologised to Italy fans while announcing his retirement from worldwide duty.
Gianluigi Buffon was one of several star names to call time on their worldwide careers after Monday's goalless draw with Sweden in Milan, bringing the curtain down on his 175-cap stint.
"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level".
The manager of Sweden has questioned why their World Cup qualification has become a story about Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "The only consolation is that we would have made utter fools of ourselves at the finals", La Stampa said. We lacked the composure to score.
"It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians", said recent graduate Stefania Pusateri, heading for the exit after watching the match in a Rome bar.
"We have pride, strength and we're stubborn". "We have believed in this, we know how strong we are".
"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigi Donnarumma and Mattia Perin". Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with. There can't be scapegoats.
"In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame".
"I'll still watch the World Cup when I can, but I'll give precedence to going out for dinner, drinks, to the cinema and going to the beach and playing sports outside", said Marco Angelelli, a 31-year-old shop assistant from Salento in southern Italy who now lives in Milan. The last time the Scandinavians participated was in 2006.
As they celebrated their victory, the Swedish players destroyed the pitch-side desk of broadcaster Eurosport.