One last chance for Italy to qualify for Football World Cup

Aubrey Yates
November 13, 2017

Italy is a team that can not afford to miss out on the next World Cup while Sweden is trying to prosper after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's retirement from the national team.

Betfair Sportsbook go 27/10 (3.70) that Sweden score the opening goal of the game, while the same firm offer 6/4 (2.50) that there are goals at both ends when these two teams lock horns; such a scenario would leave Italy in real danger of missing out on next summer's showpiece.

Marco Verratti is suspended for Monday's game with defender Leonardo Bonucci wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose in a bruising first leg against Sweden in Stockholm.

Sweden will secure a spot at World Cup 2018 should they complete a famous World Cup qualification play-off victory against Italy in Milan on Monday.

"I think the match could have been controlled in a more sportsmanlike manner", Ventura said in a press conference on Sunday. We are not stressed, personally I am focused on the game and I hope fans will support us.

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"We analyzed the things that went well and others that did not go so well".

Veteran captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted the team were under pressure as they carry the weight of Italian national pride.

"It's happened so many times in my career that I've been in front of important crossroads", Buffon said.

"We will change something, because only 48 hours have passed".

The overall sentiment was that a World Cup without Italy would not be the same.

"At the moment my situation is secondary, it doesn't matter". The team has been out of World Cup only twice - in 1930, the first-ever World Cup when they did not enter, and in 1958. Now I hope that at San Siro they allow us what the referee allowed them tonight. "Personally, I've been tense since Friday, I have the right focus for this match".

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