Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden, who booked a place at next year´s tournament in Russian Federation with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday.
Gianluigi Buffon suggests that he has retired from global football following Italy's failure to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.
The hosts, who enjoyed 75 percent of possession, had shots cleared off the line, others stopped by Olsen and penalty appeals turned down as they pressed desperately for a goal.
Who's already qualified for the 2018 World Cup? It sent them to the play-off and heads are sure to roll after the lacklustre performance against the Swedes.
With this result, veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon also announced his retirement from the game.
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A clearly emotional Buffon said: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football". There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.
"We have pride, strength and we're stubborn".
Alessandro Florenzi tried an audacious volley that went a foot wide of Olsen's post, while Immobile came close at the near post but, ultimately, the Azzurri found no solutions to get back into the tie, and will miss out on the world finals for the first time in 60 years. "Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with".
The anxiety levels went up to an entirely different level in the second half. They also conquered the world three times prior. He was injured in Italy's first game in 2010, then returned in 2014, but Italy failed to make it out of the group stage.