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Buffon: We Have Failed Italy




The Italians were unable to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Sweden as Monday’s playoff decider at the San Siro finished goalless, meaning the Azzurri missed out on a World Cup spot for the first time since 1958.

Speaking after the stalemate, Buffon said: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.

"Those who've played know how hard these matches are. We weren't able to express ourselves at our best. We lacked the composure to score. Play-offs are decided by episodes and they went against us but you can understand that when you're at fault.

"We have pride, strength and we're stubborn. We know how to get back up again as we've always done. I'm leaving an Italy side that will know how to speak for itself. Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with.

"Blame is shared equally, between everyone. There can't be scapegoats. Win together, lose together."