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Juventus keeper Buffon admits relief after Italy triumph

Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon admitted relief for Italy after they qualified for the World Cup.

The Azzurri beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Turin to secure their passage to the tournament in Brazil.

"Once that first half was over, we can now say that we can celebrate everything - my little personal record, but above all the qualification for the World Cup.

"I thank all the lads, as thanks to them I can celebrate 360 degrees tonight. We have created so much together over these years and I thank the fans for cheering us on today, as it felt like a new atmosphere to have so much support for the Nazionale. That wasn't always the case.

"We also dedicate this victory to those two lads who were coming to see us in Sicily and sadly never got there."

Buffon was referring to the two Sicilian fans who died in a car crash on their way to Friday's World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Palermo.

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