Sweden shatter Italy's World Cup dream

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Robbie Jay Barratt- AMA Getty Images

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.

Italy's players collapsed onto the pitch in despair as the final whistle went and even veterans such as Giorgio Chiellini were inconsolable.

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

"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe". Buffon was also an unused substitute at a sixth World Cup in 1998.

Ventura was widely criticised for his reluctance to use Insigne during his time in charge of the Azzurri, with the Napoli forward emerging as one of Serie A's best attacking talents in recent years.

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Speaking at the end of the game Buffon apologised to the Italian fans. Many online were moved by the 39-year-old's tears at full-time. "We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on", said Sweden coach Jan Andersson.

"It wasn't up to me whether it was a tactical issue".

Ibrahimovic has not appeared for Sweden since their group-stage exit at Euro 2016, and played no part in their successful 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

FIFA World Cup™-winner Gianluigi Buffon was in touching of history but in the end his Italy side fell just short of winning a ticket to Russian Federation 2018, with defeat against Sweden bringing down the curtain on a legendary career at worldwide level.

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