Tearful farewell for World Cup legend

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Subsequently, Italy failed to find the elusive goal that would have taken the game to extra time, resulting in Gli Azzuri skidding out of the competition after a diabolical qualifying run, the first time they have failed to reach the finals since 1958.

Giampiero Ventura, the Italy head coach, resigned after the final whistle but only after his decisions provoked a protest from one of the Azzurri's most-experienced worldwide players.

The Roma midfielder appeared to respond angrily, reportedly saying: "Why the hell should I go on?"

"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe".

As De Rossi protested with the staff member he also pointed to Insigne, a fellow unused substitute on the night.

Speaking at the end of the game Buffon apologised to the Italian fans. "We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on", said Sweden coach Jan Andersson. I pointed to Insigne too.

An appearance at Russian Federation 2018 would have seen the 39-year-old equal the record of five World Cups, a mark previously reached by Mexico goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaus.

The Juventus number one has always been regarded as a legend both on and off the field, and many in football were devastated to see him miss out on what would have been a record-breaking sixth World Cup as Sweden held Italy to a nil-all draw in Milan last night.

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