Buffon retires from Italy duty after World Cup failure

Lynette Rowe
November 14, 2017

This Monday, November 13, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific) Italy will host Sweden at the San Siro for the second leg of a UEFA World Cup qualifier play-off.

Just 11 years after winning the World Cup is Italian Football now in the middle of a crisis period?

CBS Sports will continue updating this breaking news story as necessary. Italy failed to make it out of the Group Stage in 2014.

Four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades after losing its playoff to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate.

Italy not lost competitive home game since 1999.

Sweden leads 1-0 from first leg and going through as it stands.

"When incidents go badly for you, it's probably your own fault too and if it goes well, you earned your luck".

"I expect a full San Siro to carry this team through". Similarly, Italy were denied twice by Lahoz after fouls on Marco Parolo and Matteo Darmian.

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This will be only the second World Cup missed by Italy. After all, one team suffers the agony of missing out on the finals while the other can celebrate wildly after qualifying.

Italy had a chance to break the deadlock three minutes later as Jorginho played a delightful ball through the heart of the Swedish defence for Ciro Immobile.

Despite creating the majority of the chances in the match and dominating in possession, Italy lacked the cutting edge they needed to find a goal, while Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen, captain Andreas Granqvist and Co did enough to help their nation over the line and into their first World Cup since Germany 2006.

Italy went agonisingly close to scoring in the 40th minute.

If the playoffs are being dulled by the determination to shut out the opposition, perhaps it is time for Federation Internationale de Football Association to update the format.

He added: "We want to send Italians a message not with words, but with action on the pitch".

A mini tournament to decide who qualifies for the real thing?

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