Sweden players crash live TV broadcast, break studio table after reaching World Cup

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:57:37 AM. Sweden's players crash a live television broadcast in the wake of their stunning World Cup qualification at Italy's expense.

Sweden players crash live TV broadcast after qualifying for 2018 World Cup Video: Sweden players crash live TV broadcast after qualifying for 2018 World Cup (ABC News)

Sweden's players have crashed a live television broadcast in the wake of their stunning World Cup qualification at Italy's expense.

The Swedes denied Italy in a tense but goalless second leg, holding off wave after wave of Azzurri attacks to win 1-0 on aggregate.

It's the first time Sweden has reached the World Cup finals since 2006.

Following the match, delirious Swedish players stormed a Eurosport broadcast, mobbing the host and panellists alike.

Piling on to the bemused presenters, the momentum of the player-crush saw the pitch-side studio table crack under the pressure, coming apart as Sweden's players partied on.

The win saw Italy denied entry to the finals for the first time since 1958, which had previously been the only time the tournament regulars had not been at a World Cup since first entering the competition in 1934.

Sweden's players celebrate at the end of the World Cup qualifying play-off against Italy. Photo: It was joy for Sweden as the Blagult (Blue and Yellow) defeated Italy to reach the World Cup finals. (AP: Antonio Calanni)

It also brought to a close one of the great international careers as goalkeeping stalwart Gianluigi Buffon retired from international football.

"It's a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup," Buffon said.

"Blame is shared equally between everyone. There can't be scapegoats."

Gianluigi Buffon farewells crowd after Italy loses to Sweden Photo: Gianluigi Buffon bade a tearful goodbye to fans after Italy's elimination. (AP: Luca Bruno)

Buffon's Juventus club-mate Andrea Barzagli and Roma's Daniele de Rossi also called time on their international careers, with centre-back Giorgio Chiellini expected to also announce his retirement.

There was an animated exchange between de Rossi and Italy's under-fire manager Gian Piero Ventura on the sidelines when he asked the midfielder to warm up with the clock ticking down.

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De Rossi, a defensive midfielder, was adamant Ventura send on the strikers instead with Italy chasing the game.

"I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up!" De Rossi said.

"I pointed to [Lorenzo] Insigne too. I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead."

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