How to Watch Italy vs. Sweden

Giampiero Ventura and Italy must win at the San Siro

The Scandinavians won the first leg 1-0 and the decider is at San Siro on Monday at 19.45 GMT.

Despite defeat in Friday's first-leg, the Azzurri are chalked up as Betfair Sportsbook's 1/2 (1.50) favourites to claim the victory that they crave at San Siro, while the odds compilers offer even money (2.0) that Ventura's team turn the tie around and take their place at next summer's showpiece at Sweden's expense.

Reigning champions Germany are in no such position having already confirmed their spot in Russian Federation and, while Low believes Sweden have shown plenty to suggest they deserve to qualify, he also feels Italy failing to qualify would be a blow to the tournament.

The 39-year-old, who has amassed 10 Serie A titles, three Coppa Italias and the 2006 World Cup along with 173 caps for Italy, recently revealed in an interview that, unless the Bianconeri lift the trophy with the big ears at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, he'll bring the curtain down on his remarkable career.

"The pressure is all on them", said the former Genoa player.

"We analysed the things that went well and others that did not go so well".

The strike force of Andre Belotti and Ciro Immobile was very ineffective and midfielder Marco Verratti also failed to generate much play.

Italy not lost competitive home game since 1999. "I'm fully aware that this game is fundamental for us, but it's the same scenario as when I first signed to lead the national side", he continued.

He added: "We want to send Italians a message not with words, but with action on the pitch". The team has been out of World Cup only twice - in 1930, the first-ever World Cup when they did not enter, and in 1958.

"It's a crucial game for us, for the whole country and for the whole history of our national team as well, ' said Buffon".



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