World Cup without Italy would be a 'disaster', says Low

Giampiero Ventura and Italy must win at the San Siro

World Cup without Italy would be a 'disaster', says Low

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.

Jakob Johansson scored the only goal of the game in Friday's first-leg in Solna to give Sweden something to protect in the return leg against Giampiero Ventura's men - and the stage is set for a dramatic showdown.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was in Sweden to see their World Cup playoff win over Italy.

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Sweden, happy to soak up the pressure, are looking comfortable and have the luxury of sitting in as they hold the first-leg advantage.

While Ventura's predecessor Antonio Conte guided Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 - beating Belgium and Spain along the way before going out on penalties to Germany - many felt that the team had overachieved and that the task facing Ventura would be a challenge.

Italy are FIFA World Cup superstars having won the competition four times - 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 - played two finals in 1970 and 1994 and finished third in 1990. Prior to that, they had only missed the first edition of the event in 1930 in Uruguay, which they did not enter.

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"We know that keeping a clean sheet will take us to the World Cup, so that is our intention". Sweden are a solid side and their behavior will make little difference, it all depends on us.

"It's a crucial game for us, for the whole country and for the whole history of our national team as well, ' said Buffon". One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved. "It would be a great satisfaction to qualify for the World Cup".

Marco Verratti will be suspended for Monday's game with defender Leonardo Bonucci wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose in a bruising first leg against Sweden.

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