Preview - Italy vs Sweden 14 Nov

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Italy vs Sweden

Following a 1-0 first leg loss in Stockholm, Italy are in grave danger of missing out on the World Cup finals for the first time in sixty years.

Sweden were notably physical in the first leg, but only one of their team was booked, with no fresh suspensions being activated for the Milan match, while Italy's Marco Verratti picked up a yellow card that means he will miss out on Monday.

Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura has spoken about the need for "heart and determination" as the four-time world champions prepare for the return fixture at San Siro.

"We analysed Friday's match, realising what we did and that we can do a lot more," said Ventura.

"Tactics are important but on their own they're not enough, just how heart and determination aren't enough on their own. Together, the three things guarantee success."

Sweden were notably physical in the first leg, but only one of their team was booked, with no fresh suspensions, while Italy's dynamic midfielder Marco Verratti picked up a yellow card that means he will miss out.

Sweden will advance with a draw, or a 2-1 defeat.

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Match Stats:

  • Italy 0-0 Sweden
  • Shots: 27-4
  • Possession: 76%-24%
  • Corner kicks: 8-0


Four-time champions Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a play-off defeat against Sweden.

It means the Azzurri will not be present in the competition for only the second time in their history having declined to play at the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Midfielder Jakob Johansson's deflected strike in the first leg was the difference as the second leg at Milan's San Siro stadium ended goalless.

Sweden sat back on their advantage and, despite the hosts enjoying 76% possession, they failed to find the breakthrough - Italy's best chance saw goalkeeper Robin Olsen palm away substitute Stephan El Shaarawy's thumping late volley.

Striker Ciro Immobile missed a number of chances and his low effort in the first half was cleared off the line by centre-back Andreas Granqvist.

The result sees Jan Andersson's Sweden side reach the World Cup for the first time since 2006, when they were in the same group as England.

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