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ITALY failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Mon­day as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the sec­ond leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Swe­den, who qual­i­fied with a 1-0 ag­gre­gate vic­tory. The four-time cham­pi­ons dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but strug­gled to cre­ate enough clear-cut chances, as Swe­den se­cured a first ap­pear­ance at the fi­nals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Jo­hans­son’s first-leg strike in Stock­holm. It is the third time that the Ital­ians will not com­pete at the World Cup, af­ter not go­ing to the first edi­tion in 1930 and not qual­i­fy­ing for the 1958 fi­nals in Swe­den. It marks the end of an era for iconic goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon who will not be able to com­pete in a record sixth World Cup. At 39, the 175times capped Buf­fon had an­nounced that the fi­nals in Rus­sia would be his last as a player for the na­tional side. “I’m sorry, sorry, sorry,” a tear­ful Buf­fon told Rai tele­vi­sion as he con­firmed he was end­ing his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer. “I’m not sorry for my­self but all of Ital­ian foot­ball, be­cause we failed at some­thing which also means some­thing on a so­cial level. It’s the only re­gret I have.” — AFP/Mi­lan

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