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Swedish captain reveals the truth behind the viral celebration on Eurosport

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Sweden qualified for the FIFA 2018 World Cup on Monday night, beating Italy 1-0 on aggregate after a hard-fought 0-0 draw at the San Siro.

The World Cup, to be hosted in Russia, will take place without Italy - it is the first time they've failed to qualify since 1958.

Sweden had previously failed to qualify since 2006, where they were eliminated by hosts Germany in the round of 16.

Italian legends Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli confirmed their retirement in the aftermath of the shock defeat.

Captain Buffon, 39, brought the curtain down on his 175-cap career with an emotional post-match interview.

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

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

"There is certainly a future for Italian football because we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet," he said.

Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg

Eurosport's TV coverage gatecrashed

Following the final whistle, Swedish manager Janne Andersson gave an interview on live TV with Eurosport.

However, the interview was quite rudely interrupted by his over-joyous players who trashed the budget pitch-side set.

Granqvist reveals why they did it

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist since admitted that the brilliant scene was not as spontaneous as many fans had hoped.

"We were forced by them [the TV producers]," said Granqvist to Aftonbladet. "We did the same thing in Denmark when Zlatan was being interviewed, and today it was Janne's turn to go for a ride. It's just emotions, and some good fun."

Ibrahimovic - who has since retired from the national team - secured Sweden's spot at Euro 2016 with a brace against Denmark.

Fans on Twitter enjoyed the post-match celebrations regardless, especially Mikael Lustig's dance moves - and perhaps won't even care that it wasn't so authentic.

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