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Italy face crunch Sweden game as World Cup disaster beckons

13 November, 2017, 23:24 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Giampiero Ventura and Italy must win at the San Siro

This Monday, November 13, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific) Italy will host Sweden at the San Siro for the second leg of a UEFA World Cup qualifier play-off.

Before the 3-0 defeat in Madrid, Italy was unbeaten in 50 World Cup or Euro qualifying games.

Concerns were also expressed for Maltese businesses which could stand to lose during the World Cup, since Italy fans who would normally flock to their establishments might not do so if their favourite team did not qualify.

Sweden's lone goal in the first leg came from Jakob Johansson in the second half of the game.

Ventura did eventually put Insigne on the pitch in that match, but in doing so removed Marco Verratti, the one midfielder in the lineup who had a chance of linking up with Insigne to try and chase an equalizer. Maybe (Wojciech) Szczesny could play a game and me another.

Captain Gianluigi Buffon, a veteran of the 2006 World Cup-winning campaign and looking to avoid an inglorious end to his Italy career, admitted the team were under pressure as they carry the weight of national pride. Prior to that, they had only missed the first edition of the event in 1930 in Uruguay, which they did not enter.

Keeping a clean sheet, then, could be central to Italian hopes of qualification and Betfair Sportsbook go just 4/6 (1.67) that Sweden fail to find the net, while the same firm go even money (2.0) that Ventura's men win without conceding; Betfair Sportsbook go 7/5 (2.40) that the Azzurri win by at least two clear goals in this game. "There are another 90 minutes and we want to make the most of it". One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved. My situation is not important at the moment. Italy qualified in 1998 when we beat Russian Federation in the play-offs I was playing and my father was the manager, Italy must qualify.

"The first-leg performance shows that we are perfectly capable of overturning the 1-0 result".

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