Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon 'confirms retirement from worldwide football'

Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon 'confirms retirement from worldwide football'

It could have been worse for Italy at the quiet San Siro, as Sweden was denied what looked like two clear-cut penalties for handballs, first from Matteo Darmian and then from Andrea Barzagli.

Italy's streak of 14 consecutive World Cup appearances is snapped.

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

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Sweden coach Janne Andersson.

"We had no weapons left". I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something.

The big news from the first leg is that Marco Verratti will miss the second contest after picking up a yellow card in Sweden.

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"Those who've played know how hard these matches are".

Ventura is likely to be relieved of his duties in the coming days - if not the coming hours - after a series of freakish selection decisions which saw Lorenzo Insigne, the top provider of key passes in Europe's top five leagues this season, left on the bench not just at the start of the game but for the full 90 minutes.

The closest the hosts came to scoring was a Ciro Immobile effort, which was partially stopped by Olsen and cleared away by Victor Lindelof as it was about to trickle over the line. Some players that did not start in the game like Alessandro Florenzi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardreschi may be able to make an impact in Milan if they get into the starting XI.

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Instead, the Azzurri held to a frustrating scoreless draw at home - one that will rule them out of the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.

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