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Sweden and Italy gear up for World Cup playoff clash

Sweden and Italy gear up for World Cup playoff clash

The 27-year-old's second-half strike means Sweden travel to Italy on Monday with the advantage ahead of the all-important second leg at the San Siro.

Sweden played with a high press on home turf, but with a 1-0 lead to protect, will they be more defensive at San Siro?

Reigning champions Germany are in no such position having already confirmed their spot in Russian Federation and, while Low believes Sweden have shown plenty to suggest they deserve to qualify, he also feels Italy failing to qualify would be a blow to the tournament.

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Just 11 years after winning the World Cup is Italian Football now in the middle of a crisis period? "We have nothing to lose and we will go onto the pitch to give a great performance".

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said determination was strong despite Hamburg midfielder Albin Ekdal and defender Johan Larsson absent because of knocks.

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

Marco Verratti misses out on the action through suspension and is expected to be replaced in the starting XI by Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne. Maybe (Wojciech) Szczesny could play a game and me another.

Italy has won the World Cup four times - 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 - and lost two finals in 1970 and 1994.

"We are not stressed, personally I am focused on the game and I hope fans will support us. There are another 90 minutes and we want to make the most of it".

"It's a crucial game for us, for the whole country and for the whole history of our national team as well, ' said Buffon".

"We want to reach the World Cup, we've been working towards that and after the first leg we haven't changed our minds on that".


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