Italy to miss World Cup after 0-0 draw with Sweden

Italy to miss World Cup after 0-0 draw with Sweden

Italy to miss World Cup after 0-0 draw with Sweden

Italy last won the World Cup in 2006.

The Swedes survived wave after wave of Italian attacks in the second leg of their European playoff tie on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a disbelieving San Siro.

Italy trailed Sweden 1-0 on aggregate ahead of their second-leg match at the San Siro and over 90 nerve-racking minutes again failed to score against their opponents.

Italy soccer team are out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after failing to beat Sweden in their World Cup Qualifying match.

Gian Piero Ventura appears all but certain to be axed as national team boss as a result of the heartbreak, but saying goodbye to 175-cap veteran Buffon will hit the Italian fans harder.

"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football". "We've failed something which could have been big also on a social level and this is my only disappointment". That is the only regret I have and certainly not that I am finishing my career, because time passes and it's only right.

"We have pride, strength and we're stubborn. We invite them to support us, but realize the time has come for us to show them what we've got". "Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with".

Sweden were rated nearly no chance of progressing to the finals, but the 25th-ranked team progressed to the play-off on goal difference, finishing second in their group ahead of the Netherlands and four points behind France.

After joining Italy as an unused substitute at the 1998 World Cup, Buffon made his World Cup debut in 2002, then helped Italy lift the trophy at Germany 2006.

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