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Coach Ventura parts company with Italy

Coach Ventura parts company with Italy

"I can't say that I'm happy", the Germany midfielder told Bild. Buffon's a great sportsman, a living legend.

But it is the two games against Sweden, a side ranked 10 places below Italy, which have cost him his job. I hoped he could play at his last international tournament.

The veteran coach's fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances, as Sweden secured a first appearance at the finals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Johansson's first-leg strike in Stockholm.

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been touted by the Italian press as the favourite to replace Ventura, as the 58-year-old is free since being sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.

Coach Ventura parts company with Italy
Coach Ventura parts company with Italy

A statement on their official website read, "During the meeting called by FIGC Preisdent Tavecchio with Presidents of the organisation's various components, Gravina, Nicchi, Sibilia, Tommasi and Ulivieri were in attendance as discussions were held following the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia".

The hosts had penalty appeals in the opening few minutes as Marco Parolo appeared to be tripped from behind by Ludwig Augustinsson, but the referee waved play on and booked Giorgio Chiellini for dissent.

UEFA banned Tavecchio for six months after he made a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy.

"It would be wrong to put all the pressure on the coach, all football in Italy needs to be regenerated and we need solutions to improve it".

"The others haven't taken a position and said they'd decide in the future".

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