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Nellie Chapman | 14 November, 2017, 19:50

Italy totally dominated Monday's match but Sweden earned a return to the World Cup for the first time since 2006 thanks to Jakob Johansson's strike in the bruising first leg in Stockholm.

The manager of Sweden has questioned why their World Cup qualification has become a story about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The four-time World Cup winners had to win but failed before a sell-out crowd at the San Siro stadium in Milan on Monday, November 13, against Sweden to book a place in the final.

Distraught Italian fans reacted with shock and disbelief while the Italian press called it an "apocalypse" for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

He follows another legendary Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, Dino Zoff, who also departed the global scene after a defeat to Sweden.

He said: 'There's an infinite number of things to evaluate, we'll speak with the Federation, we'll evaluate the situation'. "I have not yet spoken to the president", said Ventura. I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result. "Congratulations to the national team!" he wrote on Facebook. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skillful", Andersson said.

In addition to winning eight Serie A titles with Juventus, Buffon was key to Italy's World Cup triumph in Germany when he conceded just twice in seven games - a record he shares with Spain's Iker Casillas and France's Fabien Barthez.

Despite having retired from global football after the Euros in 2016 and not having played a minute of the World Cup qualifying campaign, Zlatan's tweeted was definitely more about him than the team.

It was a huge ask of the Brazil-born player who had not previously played a competitive game for Italy.

With Italy searching for a vital goal, television cameras captured a member of Ventura's backroom staff telling De Rossi to warm up. "I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up". "I pointed to Insigne too".

Buffon even came up for two corners in a final desperate gamble but Italy fell desperately short, leading to damning headlines in the Italian press.

"Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 minutes against the Swedes, who will go to Russia", Gazzetta commented.