Buffon left in tears as Italy blow it

Mamma Mia, here we go again. Not content with seizing their most famous expression of despair and turning it into a pop hit and a West End musical, the Swedes have returned to haunt Italy.

This time they hit the Italians where it really hurts: stealing their pride, strangling their dreams and producing a World Cup finals without the Azzurri for the first time since 1958.

The enormity will take time to digest and there will be an inevitable inquest but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, having won his 175th and last international cap tackled the humiliation with typical dignity.

‘I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,’ said 39-year-old Buffon, beaten by a deflected Jakob Johansson strike in the first-leg in Stockholm on Friday which proved the only goal of a two-legged tie.

‘We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There is regret at finishing like that



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