Sweden stun Italy to book World Cup return

Roy Hodgson is planning a swoop for Sweden's match-winner Jakob Johannson

Corriere also claims that Luka Modric could be a key negotiator in this situation: the midfielder, who played under Ancelotti at Real Madrid, could pull some strings to convince him to opt for Croatia instead of Italy.

Sweden recorded a memorable victory over Italy on Friday with a one-goal advantage into the second leg at the San Siro!

Four-time world champions Italy will not be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation following their 0-0 home draw against Sweden in the second leg of their European play-off qualifier on Monday.

The result will nearly certainly see the end of manager Gianpiero Ventura, while the loss marks the end of superstar goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's time in the national team.




Sweden coach Jan Andersson admitted that his side had to cling on against technically superior opponents. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful".

Nervous and jittery, Italy struggled to find their feet in a desperately scrappy opening 20 minutes, but began to create chances down the wings with Matteo Darmian and Antonio Candreva.

Italy's biggest concern is the absence of PSG midfielder Marco Verratti through suspension. The closest the hosts came to scoring was a Ciro Immobile effort which was partially stopped by keeper Robin Olsen and cleared away by Victor Lindelof as it was about to trickle over the line. Some players that did not start in the game like Alessandro Florenzi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardreschi may be able to make an impact in Milan if they get into the starting XI.

Italy soccer team are out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after failing to beat Sweden in their World Cup Qualifying match.

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