Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Italy out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

Reuters Reuters
Elias Hubbard | 14 November, 2017, 01:11

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

Sweden recorded a memorable victory over Italy on Friday with a one-goal advantage into the second leg at the San Siro!

Gian Piero Ventura has reportedly announced his resignation from Italy's managerial role after a 0-0 draw against Sweden on Monday saw his side fail to qualify for the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Captain Gianluigi Buffon, a veteran of the 2006 World Cup-winning campaign and looking to avoid an inglorious end to his Italy career, admitted the team were under pressure as they carry the weight of national pride.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something.

Nervous and jittery, Italy struggled to find their feet in a desperately scrappy opening 20 minutes, but began to create chances down the wings with Matteo Darmian and Antonio Candreva.

It was a huge ask of the Brazilian-born player who had not previously played a competitive game for Italy. Olsen then made the biggest save of the half when he came off his line to make a crucial intervention from a close-range Immobile shot.

Italy kept pressing after halftime but their attacks became more desperate as the game went on and the realization that they were heading for failure clearly weighed on their shoulders.

The 39-year-old Buffon - bidding to reach a record sixth World Cup Finals in Russian Federation - is one of the last survivors of Italy's golden generation of 2006 World Cup winners.

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