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Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1958

Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1958

A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit worldwide football as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden.

"Honour to the great Gigi Buffon who lost the possibility of being the only player to take part in six World Cups, and despite the fact he didn't manage it, still went in front of the cameras!" We have many heroes tonight.

Among the most heroic was Andreas Granqvist, Ibrahimovic's successor as captain, who was a colossal figure in central defence.

There was, however, a price to pay for the Sweden skipper, who was forced to honour a promise to his team-mates. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful". "I thought they'd forgotten it, but John [Guidetti] and "Vigge" [Victor] Lindelof shaved it off straight away!"

Meanwhile it will be the first time the Swedes have qualified since 2006. "I'm so damn proud of us", he told Swedish television. We know how to get back up again as we've always done.

Berg had little opportunity to shine in a match dominated by the Italians, with Sweden enjoying just 25 per cent of possession and four shots to Gli Azzurri's 23.




"We had no weapons left". I only hope that now we've hit rock bottom there can finally be a reformation of OUR FOOTBALL!

Despite having retired from worldwide football after the Euros in 2016 and not having played a minute of the World Cup qualifying campaign, Zlatan's tweeted was definitely more about him than the team.

Midfielder De Rossi, 34, who has also called time on his global career, added: 'It's a black moment for Italian football and a really dark one for us players who were a part of the past two years'. "We need to talk about the great players we have in this team".

Distraught Italian fans reacted with shock and disbelief while the Italian press called it an "apocalypse" for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

"Considering that he has made a decision to leave global football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style".


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