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The Disbelieving Reaction To Italy's World Cup Failure

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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For the first time in sixty years, Italy will not be at a World Cup. They were not good enough to break down Sweden at the San Siro tonight, a 0-0 draw consigning them to a 1-0 defeat in aggregate. Italy were perhaps unfortunate to find themselves in a qualifying group with Spain, but in truth they were not good enough. In something Irish fans can empathise with, they drew away to Macedonia.

It is a significant for another reason: it ends Gigi Buffon's magnificent international career, across which he amassed 174 caps, a World Cup and countless admirers.

Manager (far from an Ace) Ventura will face some serious questions now, having left Lorenzo Insigne on the bench for the full game as Italy knocked it long in hope rather than expectation.

Not that he was willing to answer them tonight:


Here is a portion of the reaction among the football world.


See Also: Watch: Classy Buffon Responds To Italian Fans Booing The Swedish National Anthem


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