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World Cup Qualification UEFA • 2nd Round
  • 2nd Half
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Olsen
    90'
  • Immobile
    90'
  • Bernardeschi
    90'
  • CandrevaBernardeschi
    76'
  • ClaessonRohdén
    72'
  • Thelin
    69'
  • Lustig
    65'
  • GabbiadiniBelotti
    63'
  • DarmianEl Shaarawy
    63'
  • ToivonenThelin
    54'
  • 1st Half
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Forsberg
    29'
  • Barzagli
    22'
  • JohanssonSvensson
    19'
  • Johansson
    10'
  • Chiellini
    9'
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World Cup Qualification UEFA - 13 November 2017

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90+5' 

FT: Italy 0-0 Sweden (0-1 on aggregate). It was backs to the wall for Sweden, but they showed great organisation and to hold firm. As for Italy, they struggled to create chances of real quality and can't really have any complaints. They will probably complain about a lack of a penalty, but Sweden had very strong claims too. Russia will be the first World Cup in 60 years not to feature Italy.

90+5' 

Buffon up for another corner, the delivery is poor again and that will do it! It's all over and Italy are out!

  • Robin Olsen
    Yellow cardRobin OlsenSwedenOlsen booked in anticipation of him time-wasting, it seems.
90+3' 

Olsen booked in anticipation of him time-wasting, it seems.

90+3' 

Buffon comes up for a corner, Sweden half clear it and Jorginho hits a shot wide on the rebound.

  • Federico Bernardeschi
    Yellow cardFederico BernardeschiItalyBernardeschi booked for a foul on Larsson, who is milking this as if he were a dairy farmer.
90+2' 

Bernardeschi booked for a foul on Larsson, who is milking this as if he were a dairy farmer.

90+1' 

Big appeal for handball from a Chiellini cross but the referee isn't interested.

90+1' 

Five added minutes! Not sure where those stoppages were.

90' 

Barzagli wipes out Berg on halfway and that will waste a lot of time.

88' 

Parolo rises highest in the Sweden box but then can't hit the target with his header.

87' 

Olsen makes a fine save to keep out a ferocious El Shaarawy volley from just 12 yards out.

86' 

Belotti drags a shot wide from 25 yards.

84' 

Italy win another free-kick in a good position which Bernardeschi - who has recently replaced Candreva - takes but not for the first time and Italian set piece doesn't clear the first man.

 

Bonucci, Berg - Italy-Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Playoff - Getty Images
80' 

Forsberg leads a Sweden breakaway and crosses to Berg, who rather than go for goal heads square for Thelin, but a defender reads it and is able to head clear.

79' 

Belotti goes down very easily in the hope of winning a penalty, apparently unaware of the referee's unwillingness to give a spot kick tonight, and sure enough doesn't get one.

77' 

Chiellini goes on a surging run down the left and sends in a great cross, which Svensson gets a slight touch on sending the ball to Florenzi, and the Roma man fires over.

 
Parolo, Bonucci - Italy-Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Playoff - Getty Images
75' 

Italy win a free-kick inside the Swedish half, which Florenzi whips into the box, but some shirt pulling means the chance is gone before the ball even arrives.

74' 

Jorginho tries his luck from range and even gets the ball to bounce just before the goalkeeper, however Olsen is equal to it yet again.

  • Marcus Rohdén
    OffViktor ClaessonSwedenThat 's Claesson last action as he makes way for Rhoden.
  • Marcus Rohdén
    OnMarcus RohdénSweden
71' 

That 's Claesson last action as he makes way for Rhoden.

70' 

A Florenzi corner doesn't beat the first man Claesson as Italy's frustration increases.

68' 
66' 

A diving Lustig gets his body in the way of Florenzi's cross and diverts it onto the crossbar. Olsen had it covered but in doing so crashed into the post.

64' 

Immobile has a stab at a Candreva cross but gets a bit too much on it and the ball fizzes wide for the near post.

  • Andrea Belotti
    OffManolo GabbiadiniItalyThe crowd approves.
  • Andrea Belotti
    OnAndrea BelottiItaly
63' 

The crowd approves.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    OffMatteo DarmianItalyItaly make a double swap - Belotti and El Shaarawy on for Gabbiadini and Belotti.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    OnStephan El ShaarawyItaly
63' 

Italy make a double swap - Belotti and El Shaarawy on for Gabbiadini and Belotti.

61' 

Candreva's deflected shot dips narrowly wide of the post, end-to-end action all of a sudden!

60' 

Another chance on the counter-attack for Sweden, this time for Thelin, who sees his shot deflected and dribble into the arms of Buffon.

59' 

A long ball forward from Sweden finds Berg, who waits for support to arrive and make it a three-on-three, but his cross is then poor and Barzagli heads away.

59' 
58' 

Immobile bursts into the box and cuts the ball back for, bizarrely, Chiellini. The defender's weak shot is easily saved.

57' 

Gabbiadini penalised, lots of whistles, and the TV broadcast cuts to the Italian bench where Belotti looks to be stripping off.

  • Isaac Thelin
    OffOla ToivonenSwedenToivonen, who has been quiet, makes way for Thelin.
  • Isaac Thelin
    OnIsaac ThelinSweden
54' 

Toivonen, who has been quiet, makes way for Thelin.

53' 

Darmian crosses from the left and Florenzi almost scores a spectacular goal, meeting it with a flying volley, but the ball spins just wide of the far post.

52' 

Claesson steps on the ball on the edge of his own area but recovers his composure, and possession, just in time.

49' 

On the evidence of the first leg and tonight, no Italy would be no great shame.

47' 

Candreva's cross makes its way to an unsuspected Darmian at the back post and he promptly takes a knee in the ribs from Lustig, but whilst the home fans are screaming for a penalty the referee penalises Darmian for handball. He didn't touch the ball with either arm.

  • 2nd Half
46' 

We're back underway - no changes at the break for either side.

 
  • End of 1st Half
45+4' 

HT: Italy 0-0 Sweden. So far so good for the Swedes, but Italy looked much better for the final 10 minutes. The key appears to be getting Jorginho on the ball.

45+2' 

Ventura gets a telling off from the referee, presumably for something he said.

45+1'

Three added minutes. Sweden need half-time.

45' 

Florenzi ghosts past Lustig down Italy's left and then shoots from a tight angle, but Olsen saves well with his feet.

43' 

Granqvist makes another vital interjection, this time stabbing the ball clear right as Immobile was about to get on the end of a cutback. All of a sudden Italy have turned up.

41' 

Parolo fires over soon after after being teed up by Immobile.

40' 

Jorginho has been Italy's best player by a distance and he almost has an assist as another excellent through ball finds Immobile, but a combination of the goalkeeper and then Granqvist keeps the ball from crossing the line.

36' 

Right on cue, loud groans after a misplaced Italian pass sails straight out of play.

35' 

After the initial buzz following kick-off, Sweden are doing a pretty good job of silencing the home crowd.

 
Darmian - Italy-Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Playoff - Getty Images
32' 

Bonucci doesn't look at all comfortable.

30' 
  • Emil Forsberg
    Yellow cardEmil ForsbergSwedenSweden are again appealing for handball in the Italian box, this tome after Forsberg's pass hits the arm of Barzagli, but it's the Swede who ends up getting booked after making contact with the referee as he appealed.
29' 

Sweden are again appealing for handball in the Italian box, this tome after Forsberg's pass hits the arm of Barzagli, but it's the Swede who ends up getting booked after making contact with the referee as he appealed.

27' 

A lovely dinked pass from Jorginho puts in Immobile, who fizzes a ball through the six yard box that runs to Candreva who then blasts just over. Best chance of the game by some distance.

25' 

Jorginho blocks off Forsberg on halfway, who can't believe he didn't get a free-kick. It's fair to say we've continued where the first leg left off in terms of being a physical game.

23' 

Berg's knockdown from the free-kick is met by Claesson, whose low shot is saved with relative ease by Buffon.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    Yellow cardAndrea BarzagliItalyA swift Forsberg turn is too good for Barzagli, who trips him and picks up a yellow. Two of Italy's back three now booked.
22' 

A swift Forsberg turn is too good for Barzagli, who trips him and picks up a yellow. Two of Italy's back three now booked.

20' 

The lively Candreva wins a corner, which he takes himself, but it doesn't clear the first man.

  • Gustav Svensson
    OffJakob JohanssonSwedenObviously he can't continue, so Svensson is on in his place.
  • Gustav Svensson
    OnGustav SvenssonSweden
19' 

Obviously he can't continue, so Svensson is on in his place.

17' 

Johansson goes down without contact, screaming and clutching his knee, and the referee immediately stops play. This looks like a nasty injury.

16' 

Jorginho searches for Immobile with a through, and finds him, but the striker is forced wide and can only hit the side netting with his first-time shot.

13' 
13' 

Huge appeals for a penalty, this time from Sweden, after the ball strikes the outstretched arm of Darmian. It's not given and Italy have really got away with one there.

12' 

Chiellini, just booked, bodychecks Toivonen off the ball from a goal kick. Brave.

  • Jakob Johansson
    Yellow cardJakob JohanssonSwedenAnd Johansson soon joins him in the book for a foul committed well inside the Italian half.
10' 

And Johansson soon joins him in the book for a foul committed well inside the Italian half.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    Yellow cardGiorgio ChielliniItalyParolo makes his way into the Swedish box and immediately goes down under pressure from Augustinsson, who won the ball, and the referee is unimpressed with Italy's appeals, eventually booking Chiellini.
8' 

Parolo makes his way into the Swedish box and immediately goes down under pressure from Augustinsson, who won the ball, and the referee is unimpressed with Italy's appeals, eventually booking Chiellini.

6' 

Florezi has the first shot of the game, scuffing a volley wide from a loopy Darmian pass.

5' 

Antonio Mateu of Spain is the man doing the telling off, by the way.

5' 

Larsson gets an early telling off after being a bit too physical is his efforts to dispossess Gabbiadini.

2' 

Sweden are in yellow shirts and socks with blue shorts and their every touch has been whistled so far, but there's plenty of experience in the side.

  • 1st Half
1' 

Italy, in blue shirts and socks with white shorts, kick-off.

19:45 

The crowd much more agreeable to Italy's anthem, which is belted out by all corners.

19:42 

First though the anthems. Lots of whistles as the band plays Sweden's.

19:40 

The teams are making their way onto the pitch - here we go.

19:35 

Just ten minutes until kick-off at the San Siro, which it would be fair to describe as a fortress, and pre-game Gianluigi Buffon was calling for fans to only wear blue - no club shirts - in a bid to make it an even more intimidating atmosphere for the visitors.

19:32

These two nations have played 23 times before, with Italy winning 10 of those matches and Sweden seven.

19:29 
19:25 

Maybe. Although it should be said though that Gabbiadini hasn't been in the best of form at club level, finding the net only three times this season, so perhaps his movement - and what that can do for Ciro Immobile - is the real reason he's been picked.

19:20 

As for Sweden, who it shouldn't be forgotten played very well in the first leg, looked well-drilled and thoroughly deserve the lead they've brought to Milan, their last World Cup was in 2006. The Swedes exited at the round of 16 stage to hosts Germany, who in turn were knocked out by eventual winners and tonight's opposition, Italy.

19:16

That means a run of 14 successive qualifications is in jeopardy tonight.

19:15 

The last time Italy failed to qualify for a World Cup was 1958 when, fittingly enough, the tournament was held in Sweden.

19:10 

Good news for the Azzurri then that both times they have played Sweden at the San Siro they have kept a clean sheet, winning 2-0 and 3-0.

19:05 

It's safe to say then that Italy are in disarray. Ventura has overseen an uninspiring qualification campaign where he's chopped and changed both his personnel and tactics, with a 3-0 mauling by Spain the low point until last Friday, when his team looked petulant and very short of ideas going forward. If Sweden score tonight Italy will need to score at least three goals - a feat they have achieved only once at home in the qualifiers, versus Liechtenstein.

18:55 

Three changes for Italy then, with Jorginho, Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiandini coming into the side although it looks like they will be playing the same 3-5-2 formation as on Friday night. As for Sweden, Jakob Johansson and Mikael Lustig are the two new faces in their starting XI, which will presumably line up as a 4-4-2.

18:50 

ITALY: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Candreva, Florenzi, Jorginho, Parolo, Darmian, Immobile, Gabbiadini.

SWEDEN: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Johansson, Forsberg, Toivonen, Berg.

18:45 

Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the huge game between Italy and Sweden, which the Swedes begin 1-0 ahead on aggregate. Either Gian Piero Ventura will keep his job a little longer or Zlatan Ibrahomivic will (probably) end his exile from the international game, and in a three hours time we'll know which. Team news up next...