The Italians were seen off after two-legs against Sweden, losing by a solitary first-leg goal, after finishing behind Spain in their qualifying section.
— talkingbaws.com (@talkingbaws) November 13, 2017
Despite losing 1-0 in Stockholm at the weekend, Italy were still fancied to overturn the deficit at the San Siro this evening, but a listless, lifeless and uninspiring performances couldn’t break down the stubborn Swedes.
It’ll be the first World Cup in 60 years that Italy haven’t qualified for, and it means Buffon – who won the World Cup in 2006 – has been forced into an early international retirement.
The legendary goalie has been synonymous with Italy and Juventus throughout his entire career, and a tournament next summer without him in it just doesn’t bare thinking about for some football fans:
So sad to see Buffon bow out of international football in this unorganised, uninspired Italian team. They are a pillar of international football but Sweden deserve to go through. Well done Sweden.
— Akeem. (@akeemojuko) November 13, 2017
— DA PAZ 😇 🇰🇷 (@DaGuerra003) November 13, 2017
Pray for Buffon 😭😭😭 https://t.co/ckyOiq3nEP
— Teté (@TeteRocket) November 13, 2017
Buffon 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/IYgkdTyzXu
— Mía Gin S. #20 (@polis_1941) November 13, 2017
I want Sweden to hold on, but I’m devastated for Buffon.
— Darryl (@Juppopovic) November 13, 2017
Can’t believe those Italian players have done this to Buffon 😢
— DannyHall (@danhall94) November 13, 2017
— TEDRY🎈❓ (@tedry) November 13, 2017
buffon deserved to go out so much better. to bad italy dont know how to score anymore #itaswe
— michael trulsen (@MTrulsen) November 13, 2017
Only person I'm sorry for is Buffon
— Ari's Pops (@iBrianJones) November 13, 2017
What a sad way for Buffon to finish his international career.
— Ferg Campbell (@OtagoLad) November 13, 2017
For the love of anything. Pirlo didn’t retire for this. Buffon isn’t retiring for this! #WorldCup2018
— LP 🎗 (@PezzaAFC) November 13, 2017
Can't believe we won't see Buffon one more time at a World Cup 😪
— Simon Hurst (@sihurst) November 13, 2017
— Adrien Jolly (@AdrienJolly) November 13, 2017
Congrats to Sweden. Bummed for Italy and Buffon though 😢
— Fenomenista (@Fenomenista_) November 13, 2017
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