Italy OUT of World Cup; emotional Buffon says 'we've failed the country'

Sweden and Italy gear up for World Cup playoff clash

After the match, their veteran 39-year-old goalkeeper Buffon confirmed his worldwide retirement and also apologised for his team's failure.

Italy looked the stronger side, and had plenty of chances - 11 shots on goal to Sweden's one in the first half - but could not convert any.

At 39, the 175-times capped Buffon had announced that the finals in Russian Federation would be his last as a player for the national side.

Ibrahimovic is yet to return from the knee injury he suffered for United last April. The last time the Scandinavians participated was in 2006.

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Immobile had another chance to score before the break when he got behind the Sweden defence and shot through goalkeeper Robin Olsen's legs, but defender Andreas Granqvist was able to clear the ball off the line.

Marco Verratti sat out a ban with Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola both injured, with Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Belotti not fully fit.

Sweden's Lustig was back from suspension, with Johansson starting in place of the injured Albin Ekdal.

Not since the 1958 tournament, coincidentally held in Sweden, have the Azzurri not been at football's showpiece event, but defeat in Solna in the first leg proved their undoing and surely signals the end of Gian Piero Ventura's disappointing reign as manager.

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Meanwhile personnel from the FIA, the sport's governing body, were also caught up in a separate incident, but escaped unharmed. He walked away from the crash unscathed, but his title-winning vehicle sustained a significant amount of damage as a result.

"The first-leg performance shows that we are perfectly capable of overturning the 1-0 result".

With three minutes remaining, Italy poured bodies forward and Stephan El Shaarawy's expert volley drew a fine stop from Olsen, and Parolo nodded wide from an inviting position shortly after.

Federico Bernardeschi was the final Italy substitution and Olsen turned away a Parolo header.

Italy are meanwhile superstars having won the competition four times - 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 - and lost two finals in 1970 and 1994.

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The Juventus legend said he was not saddened by the end of his worldwide career but rather the effect the result will have on Italian football.

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