Sweden vs Italy live stream Friday 10 November 2017 World Cup qualifier
One of the most intriguing oppositions of these "joints". We are all used to the fact that Italy is one of the teams that pre-term guarantees their place in the final stages of major tournaments, but in this selection, fate decreed otherwise. The lot gave the Italians in the group itself the Spanish national team and already then it was clear - one of the favorites (Spain or Italy) will literally each tournament be in the play-offs. That also happens. As a result, the Italians played at home with the "Fury of the Roch" in a draw 1: 1, and lost on the road - 0: 3. These results sent the Spaniards to Russia, and Italy - to the play-offs.

As for the Swedes, after the draw, all experts immediately put them on the third place, assuring that France and the Netherlands will go further. But it was not there. The Swedes took advantage of the bad form of the Dutch and could occupy the second place in their sextet. Incredible success, considering what rivals stood up against the Scandinavians. Nevertheless, it will not mean anything if they fail to reach the final, and to achieve this, one must perform a real feat.

Italy 18 times participated in the final of the world championships and is a four-time winner of the tournament (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006). In the play-offs, the "scuadra adzurra" took part only once. It happened in 1998, and the rival was the Russians. Then Italy after a draw on a visit (1: 1) has minimally won at home and left further.

The Swedes, in their turn, have 11 trips to the World Cup, but the last two mundials passed without them. The best result is the second place in 1958. In the final, the "blue-yellow" lost 2: 5 to Brazil. In the "joints" the Swedish team took part twice and it was just recently. At the 2014 World Cup, Swedes led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic were prevented by Portuguese under the leadership of Cristiano Ronaldo (0-1 away, 2: 3 at home), but the play-offs before Euro-2016 were successful - 2-1 at home and 2-2 at guests in games against Denmark.


Approximate compositions:

Sweden: Olsen-Kraft, Lindelef, Granquist, Augustinson-Larsson, Johansson-Eckdal, Forsberg-Toivonen, Berg.

Italy: Buffon - Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzali - Candreva, Parolo, Rossi, Verrati, Darmian - Belotti, Immobile

Disqualified: Lustig (Sweden)

In doubt: Dzadza (Italy)


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