Italy drew with Sweden closing night time after dropping the primary leg and can leave out their first World Cup in 60 years.
And captain Buffon introduced the curtain down on his 175-cap occupation after.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport hailed the failure as the coming of the “apocalypse”.
Buffon, 39, was once now not the one Italy veteran to give up the nationwide workforce following Monday’s recreation, along with his Juventus team-mate Andrea Barzagli and Roma stalwart Daniele De Rossi following swimsuit.
Giorgio Chiellini may just additionally determined to pack it in – that means Italy would lose a blended 461 caps from the ones 4 avid gamers – however the way forward for trainer Giampiero Ventura is unclear.
The 69-year-old, who’s beneath contract till 2020, apologised after the event, however stopped wanting resigning.
He mentioned in a post-match press convention he arrived for neatly over an hour after full-time: “At this second I will handiest apologise to the Italians, now not for the desire or effort however for the outcome which as I do know is the principle factor.
“I arrived past due (for the click convention) as a result of I sought after to say good-bye to the avid gamers one after the other. Have I resigned? No, as a result of I have not even spoken with the (Italian Football Federation) president.
“There’s an infinite number of things to evaluate, we’ll speak with the Federation, we’ll evaluate the situation.”
While Ventura’s ongoing position with Italy stays unsure, it’s the finish for Buffon, De Rossi and Barzagli – all participants of the 2006 World Cup-winning squad.
A tearful Buffon, who had already determined to grasp up his gloves after Russia 2018, mentioned in quotes reported via www.figc.it: “I am not sorry for myself however the entire Italian soccer motion.
“We failed with our goal which may have additionally been truly necessary on a social stage. This is the one be apologetic about that I’ve, even supposing my closing aggressive recreation coincides with failure to qualify for the World Cup.”
De Rossi, 34, mentioned: “It’s a black second for Italian soccer and a truly darkish one for us avid gamers who had been part of the previous two years.”
The 36-year-old Barzagli mentioned: “I feel that is the most important sadness of my existence in soccer.”
Chiellini is 4 video games clear of mentioning 100 caps for Italy, nevertheless it stays to be noticed if the 33-year-old Juventus defender will elevate on.
He mentioned: “I do not know if Italy will move once more with Chiellini, the workforce will get started once more with numerous guys born within the 1990s. In the tip, we deserved to move out. I do not grasp to excellent or unhealthy good fortune, we gave all that we had nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient.”