Buffon breaks down in tears: “I’m sorry”
Italy were held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden on Monday night in Milan and what this means is that the 1-0 first leg win of the Swedes is enough to earn them a place in Russia at next summer’s World Cup.
The Italians were completely devastated after the game as they have failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Legendary Gianluigi Buffon was completely heart broken afterwards. Buffon who won the World Cup in 2006, played his 175th game against the Swede and he announced it his final game.
The Azzurri legend said he was sorry for Italian football, but not for himself.
“I’m not sorry for myself, but for all of Italian football. We have failed in something which is also important on a social level.” he said in a post-match interview.
“We knew it would be a difficult game. We lacked the clarity in attack to be able to score goals.”
“When things don’t turn out well, it means there are things you’ve done wrong.”
Announcing his International retirement, added: “We have [Gianluigi] Donnarumma, [Mattia] Perin and other fantastic goalkeepers. I’m sorry that my last official game for Italy is this failure to reach the World Cup.”
“A big hug for everyone, particularly those who have shared this wonderful journey with me.”
Italy coach Gian Pero Ventura: “He bears the same amount of responsibility as we all do for not qualifying for the World Cup. We’re all responsible. We win together and we lose together.”
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