Tuesday Nov 14, 2017 | By: Web Desk
MILAN: A tearful Gianluigi Buffon has retired from international football after four-time winners of football world cup Italy failed to reach the World Cup 2018 for the first time since 1958 after it drew 0-0 with Sweden in their do-or-die World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
The veteran 39-year-old goalkeeper has made 175 appearances for his national side, having made his debut in October 1997. He expressed his pain saying, “I am sorry for all of Italian football.”
But despite keeping a clean sheet in the second-leg of his country’s goalless draw with Sweden at the San Siro, he was powerless to prevent Italy losing 1-0 on aggregate and failing to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60-years.
Italy were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.
Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the history of the World Cup, having won four titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006). Italy will be watching the 2018 World Cup from home after it drew 0-0 with Sweden in their do-or-die World Cup qualifier on Tuesday morning.
The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances, as Sweden secured a first appearance at the finals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Johansson´s first-leg strike in Stockholm.
World's Best goalkeeper Ginaluigi Buffon announces retirement
In a moment of sorrow, Italian goalkeeper and captain Ginaluigi Buffon said; “I am not sorry for myself but all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes." He added, “in football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group.”
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