Post subject: Italy are in real danger
11. Nov 2017, 00:13
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|SWEDEN - ITALY 1:0
Italy are in real danger of missing out on a first World Cup since 1958 after losing to Sweden in the play-off first leg at Solna's Friends Arena.
The only goal came when Jakob Johansson drilled home from 20 yards, via a Daniele de Rossi deflection.
The Swedes were the better team in the first half, and while the Azzurri slightly improved after the break, they were still disappointing.
Matteo Darmian went closest to equalising but hit the post.
Italy - who will be without the suspended Marco Verratti - will need to turn the tie around in Monday's second leg at the San Siro to reach the World Cup in Russia.