Sweden shatter Italy's World Cup dream

Sweden shatter Italy's World Cup dream

After a scoreless draw with Sweden on Monday, Italy lost a qualifying playoff on 1-0 aggregate.

After the match a tearful Buffon, who had already made a decision to hang up his gloves after Russian Federation 2018, said 'I'm not sorry for myself but all of the Italian football movement. The 32-year-old, who plays his club football for Russian side Krasnodar, can now look forward to a World Cup debut he feared might never come.

It marks the end of an era for iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who will not be able to compete in a record sixth World Cup.

This is the only regret that I have, even if my last competitive game coincides with failure to qualify for the World Cup'. Resignation? I have to evaluate an infinity of issues. "It doesn't depend on me, I'm not in the state of mind to face this question".

"I absolutely apologise for the result but not for the effort we put in or our desire to win", said Ventura, whose deadpan style could not be further removed from the high-energy approach of his predecessor Antonio Conte. "Congratulations to the national team!" he wrote on Facebook.

"We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go", the 36-year-old said.

Another Rome resident Enrico Doddi summed up the national disappointment, saying: "You can not have a good World Cup without Italy".

Talented deep-lying Italian playmaker Verratti will be sitting out the World Cup along with his national team colleagues after their play-off failure to Sweden.

With Italy searching for a vital goal, television cameras captured a member of Ventura's backroom staff telling De Rossi to warm up.

"This is incredible. This player stopped playing with Sweden a year and a half ago and we are still talking about him", Andersson told reporters. I pointed to Insigne too.

La Gazzetta dello Sport blamed "opportunities missed" in an article titled: "Italy, this is the apocalypse".

"Apocalypse Azzurra", said the headline of La Stampa newspaper, referring to the unofficial name of the team whose bright blue jerseys reflect the azure of the Mediterranean Sea.

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