Sweden shatter Italy's World Cup dream

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Robbie Jay Barratt- AMA Getty Images

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.

"Honour to the great Gigi Buffon who lost the possibility of being the only player to take part in six World Cups, and despite the fact he didn't manage it, still went in front of the cameras!"

"This is the biggest thing that has happened to me", admitted Granqvist, who collapsed to the ground in tears at the sound of the final whistle.

"Guys, we didn't lose the World Cup today [Monday]".

"It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians", said recent graduate Stefania Pusateri, heading for the exit after watching the match in a Rome bar.

Though shut out during the play-off, striker Marcus Berg was another of Sweden's qualifying heroes, scoring eight times during the group stage.

The Swedish maverick, and I don't use that term lightly, immediately tweeted in the most Zlatan way ever.

"Considering that he has chose to leave global football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style".

"This is incredible. This player stopped playing with Sweden a year and a half ago and we are still talking about him", Andersson told reporters.

Italy joins Chile, Holland, the U.S. Men's National Team, Ghana and the Ivory Coast as some of the most recognizable countries to miss out on next year's World Cup.

Ibrahimovic, 36, retired from global football after Euro 2016 and coach Janne Andersson was annoyed to be asked about whether the striker might return for the finals in Russian Federation immediately after the play-off win. "We need to talk about the great players we have in this team, I believe. He has made a decision to leave worldwide football, and he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and we found another style".

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