Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon 'confirms retirement from global football'

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Italy's 0-0 draw against Sweden at Milan's San Siro ensured there would be no Squadra Azzurra in Russian Federation next summer, and no record sixth World Cup for Buffon.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after they were held to a goalless home draw by Sweden in the second leg of their playoff.

The European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is still ongoing with one of the most anticipated games being played tonight exclusively on StarTimes. It was the third-longest active streak behind Brazil (20) and Germany (16). I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something.

Neither team was particularly impressive in the first leg of this matchup but Italy had a very disappointing display. Gian Piero Ventura will surely need to make some modifications to his lineup after such a poor performance in Stockholm.

The result will nearly certainly see the end of manager Gianpiero Ventura, while the loss marks the end of superstar goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's time in the national team.

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Alessandro Florenzi tried an audacious volley that went a foot wide of Olsen's post, while Immobile came close at the near post but, ultimately, the Azzurri found no solutions to get back into the tie, and will miss out on the world finals for the first time in 60 years.

"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear", said Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.

However, the latest reports suggest that he is now being courted by two national teams who would largely benefit from his arrival.

"We know we've lost, but we have another 90 minutes to overcome this complicated situation".

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