Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon 'confirms retirement from global football'

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Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura blamed bad luck and the referee for Friday's defeat in Stockholm.

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 in Russian Federation with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday.

Gianluigi Buffon fought back tears as he confirmed his retirement from worldwide football following Italy's shock failure to qualify for Russian Federation 2018.

Sweden had two strong shouts for handball rejected in the first half in the San Siro, but television replays suggested that both should have been given.

Veteran goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has retired from worldwide football after Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958, declaring: "I am sorry for all of Italian football".

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Despite creating the majority of the chances in the match and dominating in possession, Italy lacked the cutting edge they needed to find a goal, while Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen, captain Andreas Granqvist and Co did enough to help their nation over the line and into their first World Cup since Germany 2006. It's the first time the Swedes have made the World Cup since 2006, leaving just three spots to still be decided. It fared somewhat better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and going out in the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2016.

The Croatian football federation seems to have approached Ancelotti for the same reasons as Italy, as the team face equal hard times.

The Brazilian-born Jorginho was finally handed his competitive debut by Ventura, and the midfielder impressed with some deft passing.

It marked the first time the four-time World Cup winners had missed the finals since 1958. Unfortunately for the Lazio frontman, he was forced to shoot from a tight angle and could only fire into the side-netting. We know how to get back up again as we've always done.

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