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Sweden - Italy
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 11 November 2017
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Sweden record a memorable victory over Italy and take a one-goal advantage into the second leg at the San Siro!
Jakob Johansson's first international goal proves to be the difference on the night.
Italy have it all to do on Monday night...
Insigne drags a shot wide... and that could be that for the first leg.
Immobile shoots from distance but it's closer to the corner-flag than goal.
Janne Andersson is not happy with the fourth official's decision to add five minutes of injury time. It does seem rather odd, given that there hasn't been too many stoppages.
Still, Sweden look more than comfortable as we edge closer to the final whistle.
FIVE minutes will be added on!
Sweden have been terrific in defence all night and to be honest Italy don't look like scoring any time soon.
A cross is curled into the path of Immobile at the back post but the Italian forward is in offside position. Lazy.
Chiellini surges forward from defence and wins Italy a free-kick, but they take it short! Why not just get men into the Sweden penalty box and pump it forward?
Insigne overcooks his cross, and that just about sums up Italy's night. They have lacked quality in the final third and their deficiencies in attack must be addressed before the second leg.
- OffEmil KrafthSweden
- OnGustav SvenssonSweden
A third and final change for Sweden: Svensson replaces Krafth who has failed to recover from cramp.
Italy need to be careful that they aren't caught on the counter-attack. If Sweden were to grab a second goal they would have an absolute mountain to climb in the San Siro on Monday.
Krafth goes to ground suffering from cramp and he may have to come off here. Each and every Sweden player have worked themselves into the ground this evening and they are only minutes away from recording a memorable win.
Sweden currently have all of their players back in their own half as Italy push men forward. It is going to be a long 10 minutes for the hosts, can they hold on?
Italy's search for an equaliser - and an away goal - continues as Parolo forces a corner. Sweden can only clear the ball into the path of Darmian but he blazes his effort over the bar.
De Rossi is fed on the left channel but sees his cross blocked. He had numerous opportunities to get the ball into the box there, more urgency was needed.
Meanwhile, Verratti is replaced by Insigne.
- OffMarcus BergSweden
- OnIsaac ThelinSweden
Another Sweden sub: Thelin replaces Berg, on a yellow card, for the final 15 minutes or so.
Candreva is allowed to cut inside and fires a shot at goal but it takes a deflection and goes out for an Italy corner.
Have a look at Sweden's opener...
Darmian has enjoyed a fine game at full-back.
OFF THE POST!
Darmian takes a touch to set himself up for a shot from 25 and his effort is sweet as a nut, but he is agonisingly by the woodwork with Olsen rooted to the spot.
Of course, all it takes is one goal to change the complexion of this game. If Italy can register an away goal they will be delighted - and you would have to fancy them for the second leg.
Scoring the opening goal has given Sweden a new lease of life. They are enjoying a good spell of possession now. Italy look shell shocked.
It is worth noting that Eder scored the winner when these sides met at the European Championship last summer.
- OffAndrea BelottiItaly
Belotti's frustrating evening comes to an end as the Italian striker is replaced by Eder for the remaining 25 minutes of normal time.
And that was Johansson's first goal for his country - what a time to get it!
My, oh my. What a game we have in store now. Sweden had been second best since the restart, but now they have the lead. Italy have it all to do.
- GoalJakob JohanssonSweden
GOAL! SWEDEN TAKE THE LEAD!
Extraordinary scenes in Stockholm as the hosts take the lead! Johansson, only on as a substitute, sees his half-volley take a wicked deflection which wrong-foots Buffon and into the back of the net.
More handbags as De Rossi is caught by Berg's flailing arm and goes to ground. Once again the Italian players are pleading with the referee but he handles the situation well, keeps his cards in his pocket again and play soon continues.
Berg, already on a yellow card, appears to push Chiellini into his own goalkeeper Buffon. The Italians aren't happy, but Berg escapes a second booking.
Johansson is a regular starter in the Sweden line-up; he started six of the 10 group games.
- OffAlbin EkdalSweden
- OnJakob JohanssonSweden
Sweden are forced into a change as Ekdal has picked up an injury. He is replaced by Jakob Johansson.
Immobile and Lindelof have a coming together as the Swedish defender shepherds the ball out of play.
Parolo tries to burst through the heart of Sweden's defence but his touch is heavy and Olsen is quick off his line to smother the ball.
Sweden are unable to get the ball out of their own half at the moment. Can they weather the storm?
Again, Italy play the corner short and it's a waste as Candreva loses out to Claesson.
Immobile gets in behind the Swedish defence too easily, but his cross is blocked for Italy's third corner of the second half.
Italy players surround the referee after Bonucci goes down after being caught by Toivonen in an aerial battle. Only a free-kick is awarded as the ref keeps his cards in his pocket.
The corner is played short by Italy, with Candreva lined up for a shot from a tight angle, forcing Olsen into a good save.
Candreva delivers a cross to the near post which is bizarrely left by Granqvist and Krafth bails his team mate out as he clears behind for a corner.
Sweden got away with one there.
Sweden stand firm to deal with a succession of crosses as Italy start the second period on the front foot.
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Italy get the second half underway.
The best opportunity undoubtedly fell to Belotti who inexplicably headed wide from a few yards out. The Italy striker passed a late fitness test to claim a place in the starting line-up but his selection hasn't been justified, thus far.
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Larsson over-hits his cross and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
And that is that for the first half as the referee signals for the break. The score remains 0-0 with few chances to reflect on.
One minute of injury time will be added on at the end of a feisty first-half.
Just as I write that Barzagli concedes another free-kick and Sweden have a chance to pump the ball into the Italy box.
Veratti runs straight into Larsson on the by-line and his appeals for a free-kick are, quite correctly, ignored by the referee.
Patient football from Sweden and they find Augustinsson in space on the right channel. He swings a cross in, but Bonucci heads clear.
Bonucci misplaces his pass and it goes straight out of play for a Swedish throw-in, much to the pleasure of the home supporters.
Five minutes to half-time and the game remains perfectly poised.
Toivonen squanders the opportunity though as he smashes his shot straight straight into the Italian wall.
Sweden come forward once more and they win a free-kick as Darmian brings down Toivonen on the edge of the box.
Berg heads past Chiellini but Buffon is off his line quickly to make the block. Buffon then beats Toivonen to the loose ball.
Brilliant from the veteran goalkeeper, as always.
Let's be honest, we were all getting very excited about this match after the first 10 minutes, but it has all gone rather, well, flat.
It is following the pattern of a typical play-off game, you may say.
The Swedish supporters finally have something to cheer as Ibrahimovic is shown on the big screen! He is sitting close to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho who will have a close eye on his defender Lindelof.
A shot is blocked by De Rossi inside his own penalty box and Italy subsequently clear.
It is all very even after half-an-hour.
Darmian delivers a cross to the back post, but it evades Belotti and rolls out for a goal-kick.
- Yellow cardMarco VerrattiItaly
A minute after producing a moment of genius, Verrati goes into the book for a needless foul meaning he will miss the second leg.
Verrati showcases his terrific vision and skill as he picks out Immobile with a wonderful lobbed pass from deep, but the Italian striker's first touch lets him down and the defence recover to clear.
Toivonen sets up Forsberg with a perfectly weighted pass, but the Sweden midfielder curls his first-time shot over the bar.
Janne Andersson, Sweden's manager, has his heads in his hands. He knows he should have done better.
The delivery is whipped into the Italian penalty area but De Rossi easily clears.
Forsberg is beginning to dictate play for Sweden in midfield and the RB Leipzig playmaker does well to force a corner, the home side's first of the night.
The home supporters appeal for a penalty after Berg goes down in the penalty area under pressure from De Rossi. Never a foul in a million years - and the referee agrees.
Wonderful skill by Claesson as he skips past a couple of challenges on the edge of the Italy penalty box, before sliding through Berg, but the Swedish forward is a mile offside.
In fact, Sweden haven't seen the ball for what seems quite a while. The home supporters have been silenced too.
The game is being played at a much slower tempo now, with Italy beginning to find their feet.
A clever switch finds Candreva behind the Sweden defence on the left, but the ball gets stuck underneath the midfielder and he loses control of possession.
Italy haven't competed in the play-offs for the World Cup since 1998, when they overcame Russia over a two-legged affair.
Italy are trying their best to control possession now as they try to take the momentum away from the hosts, after a frantic 10 minutes of football.
In truth, I was expecting a cagey affair with both sides erring on the side of caution, but it has been anything but in the opening 10 minutes.
Toivonen drags his right-footed effort just wide of Buffon's far post from the edge of the penalty area.
End-to-end stuff in the early stages here at Stockholm!
Immobile is released and he fires a powerful effort at goal which Olsen is equal to. Wouldn't have counted anyway, the Italian was offside.
WHAT A MISS!
Darmian drives to the by-line before curling an inch perfect cross onto the head of Belotti... but he somehow directs his header a yard wide of the post from a few yards out!
It's high, wide and not at all pretty from Forsberg as he blasts his free-kick from 30 yards well over the bar
Play resumes but it isn't long before it is stopped once more as Darmian commits a foul in a dangerous position. Sweden have a real chance to test Buffon from this free-kick...
Bonucci appeared to have been caught by Toivonen's arm in that incident, but after some treatment he is back to his feet and fine to continue.
- Yellow cardMarcus BergSweden
It takes Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir less than two minutes to produce a yellow card as Berg is cautioned for protesting about the decision to award Italy a free-kick after Toivonen backed into Bonucci.
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Sweden get the game underway.
Will Italy claim their first victory on Swedish soil for the first time since 1912? Or will the hosts pull off a suprise result?
An interesting stat before kick-off: the average age of Italy's back four, including Buffon, is 34.5 years. Plenty of experience, then.
FIVE MINUTES TO KICK-OFF!
The players are making their way out onto the pitch, meaning the game is ever so close. Stay tuned for all of the drama on a massive night for both these nations.
Sweden are aiming to qualify for their 12th World Cup and their first since 2006, when they were knocked out by hosts Germany in the Last 16 (2-0). They have never failed to qualify for three successive World Cups.
Meanwhile, Italy are looking to qualify for their 19th World Cup - only Brazil (21, including 2018) have qualified for more World Cups.
Will we see Gianluigi Buffon in Russia?
The Italian great has played in five World Cups - no one else has been to as many.
Will the veteran goalkeeper break yet another record - or will his team mates let him down?
Talk about pressure - the Azzuri manager is under a lot of it. Losing 3-0 to Spain was unacceptable, but to follow such a dismal performance up with a narrow 1-0 win over Israel and then to draw 1-1 with Macedonia - with both games played at home - is greatly worrying.
Ventura's tactics in recent times have raised eyebrows, but he has reverted to type this evening with a 3-5-2 formation.
It is nearly 60 years since Italy last failed to qualify for the World Cup, SIXTY YEARS!
Six decades ago, a 2-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Belfast meant the Azzurri stayed at home.
"We are not taking into consideration the idea of not going to the World Cup," says coach Giampiero Ventura.
Ventura would probably be happy with a draw this evening, considering Italy have not won in Stockholm since 1912. No pressure.
The Azzuri were only beaten once in Group G, but finished five points behind leaders Spain.
They had real concerns over their strikers ahead of this game, with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti facing late fitness tests, but both players make the starting line-up.
Sweden sneaked into the play-offs after clinching second place in Group A in the final game, ahead of the Netherlands on goal difference with 19 points from 10 games.
Janne Andersson has a full strength squad to choose from and there are no surprises in the starting line-up which includes playmaker Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig. Manchester United's Victor Lindelof is in defence.
Six Sweden players are one booking away from missing Monday's San Siro leg.
SWEDEN TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Olsen, Krafth, Granqvist, Lindelof, Augustinsson, Claesson, Ekdal, Larsson, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen.
Subs: Johnsson, Nodfeldt, Larsson, Olsson, Guidetti, Johansson, Helander, Svensson, Jansson, Rohden, Thelin, Sea.
ITALY TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Darmian, Verratti, De Rossi, Parolo, Candreva, Immobile, Belotti.
Subs: Donnarumma, Perin, Rugani, Gagliardini, Florenzi, Insigne, Astori, Jorginho, Eder, Bernardeschi, Zappacosta, Gabardine.
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