Buffon remains positive after Italy's failure

Esther Moore
November 14, 2017

After dropping the first leg away from home 1-0 thanks to a 61st minute Jakob Johansson goal, Italy needed to win 1-0 during the second leg to send the tie into extra-time.

Sweden coach Jan Andersson admitted that his side had to cling on against technically superior opponents.

Sweden survived waves of attacks in the second leg of their European playoff on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a stunned San Siro where the cheers turned to boos after four-time champions Italy were left to rue their spurned chances. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful". Gian Piero Ventura will surely need to make some modifications to his lineup after such a poor performance in Stockholm.

Neither team was particularly impressive in the first leg of this matchup but Italy had a very disappointing display.

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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Gianluigi Buffon suggests that he has retired from worldwide football following Italy's failure to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

While Pirlo acknowledges that the team "seemed frustrated", he insists that he is quietly confident of them getting through, saying: "I like this Italy".

The Croatian football federation seems to have approached Ancelotti for the same reasons as Italy, as the team face equal hard times.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and in the end, it was decided on an incident". "He's got as much blame as all of us have".

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