Buffon bids teary Italy farewell after missing out on World Cup finals

ANI | Updated: Nov 14, 2017 10:50 IST

Buffon bids teary Italy farewell after missing out on World Cup finals .

Milan [Italy], November 14 (ANI): Four-time World Cup winner Italy on Monday failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958, after it was defeated in a playoff against Sweden .

Italy trailed Sweden 1-0 target ahead of their second-leg match at the San Siro here and over 90 feverish minutes the hosts failed to score against their opponents, reported the Independent .

Following the incident, veteran goalkeeper Gigi Buffon announced his retirement from the international football and apologized for his team's failure .

"I'm not sorry for myself, but I am sorry for all of Italian football," Buffon said .

"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 .

Italy last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1958 . It has won the World Cup four times, most recently in 2006 . (ANI)

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