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Italy OUT of World Cup; emotional Buffon says 'we've failed the country'

Italy are out of the World Cup after tonight's 0-0 draw with Sweden.

The Azzurri went into the World Cup playoff trailing 1-0 from the first-leg in Solna.

But Giampiero Ventura's players couldn't breach a resolute Sweden defence, indeed they struggled to create any meaningful chances as they were bounced out of the World Cup finals.

The result means Juventus and Italy captain Gigi Buffon ends his international career in humiliation.

“It's disappointing," he said through tears on Rai Sport.

“Not for me, but for the football movement, because we failed something that could've been truly important for the country. That is the only regret I have and certainly not that I am finishing my career, because time passes and it's only right.

“It's just a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup."

Buffon denies underestimating Sweden.

“We did not underestimate anything, because those who played in these games knows what it means to face these sides, how hard it is to overcome a 1-0 deficit psychologically too.

“Perhaps we didn't express the best football that we could, that is the regret. We lacked the energy and sharpness to score a goal, but at the end of the day Sweden played in much the same way as the first leg. This play-off was decided by incidents, which went well for them and badly for us.

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

Meanwhile, Italy coach Ventura refused to speak to Rai reporters at the final whistle.

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