Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer after losing a play-off 0-1 over two legs against Sweden.
A goalless draw at the San Siro stadium in Milan meant the country will not appear in the finals of the competition for the first time since 1958.
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon tearfully announced his retirement from international football shortly after the final whistle, saying he was “sorry for all of Italian football”.
This is a selection of the best tweets and jokes as Italy fail to reach World Cup 2018 following a 0-0 draw with the Swedes:
— KumoShadow (@KumoShadow) November 13, 2017
— Mark S. (@Marazijn) November 13, 2017
This ref certainly knows which side his garlic bread is buttered on #ITASVE
— Alex Footman (@FutureBoyAlex) November 13, 2017
Italy warming up their final sub…Pietro Crouchini pic.twitter.com/TDDhVReaMs
— The Front 3 (@TheFront3) November 13, 2017
— Football Burp ⚽ (@FootballBurp) November 13, 2017
#ITASVE Sweden like an old Ikea bed: ugly and shabby but still standing
— elediaW (@elediaW) November 13, 2017
— Valter Skarsgård (@ValterSkarsgar) November 13, 2017
I hope they don’t have any IKEA stores in Italy!
— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) November 13, 2017
Wow Italy didn't make the World Cup? What losers. Even USA made….
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) November 13, 2017
Respectfully, people need to stop lumping the USA in with the Netherlands and Italy as countries "the World Cup won't be the same without"
— James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) November 13, 2017
This loss will haunt those players for the rest of their lives. In 1950, 10 of the Italy starting XI died in a plane crash and they still managed to qualify…
— RG⁶ (@registability) November 13, 2017
— Jordan (@JAsoccertweets) November 13, 2017
— YourSports (@YourSports) November 13, 2017
Italy Fan TV would have been so, so good.
— FK ☕️ (@fkhanage) November 13, 2017
A World Cup without Italy is like Pizza without cheese
— indykaila News (@indykaila) November 13, 2017
Not very ace for Ventura #ITASVE
— Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) November 13, 2017
— Niall Reilly (@niallreilly90) November 13, 2017
— Captain Clint (@biggie1980) November 13, 2017
Hahahahaahaha I'm an awful human being pic.twitter.com/ccUAFqSVaA
— Joe Gilmore (@Gilology) November 13, 2017