Result: Jakob Johansson strike gives Sweden first-leg advantage over Italy

Sweden vs Italy

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Italy are in danger of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after they lost in the first leg of their playoff with Sweden.

"We know we can win this game, we dream to qualify for the World Cup, it's an important game for us and for the history of the national team".

"We need to be as clear-headed as possible to go to the World Cup", Buffon, 39, told TMW Radio.

"The first rule is not to cry over it. I expect a full San Siro to carry this team through, I don't want to think it's the game of life, but I'm convinced that with the help of the public we will do it".

What turned out to be the winning goal came in the 61st minute, when Toivonen won the ball after a throw-in and served it up for Jakob Johansson, whose shot deflected off Daniele De Rossi and past Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

"I honestly don't understand: people are surprised we're here playing this play-off but that was the scenario from the beginning". There was more bad news as Marco Verratti is banned for the second leg after the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker was booked against Sweden, his third yellow card in this qualifying campaign. "It would be a great satisfaction to qualify for the World Cup".

Despite his own experience on the international scene with England and Russia, Capello ruled himself out of leading his country, but highlighted Ancelotti as a top candidate. "Our opponents will play with more aggression, but we are solid in defence".

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci will play the second leg with a protective mask after his nose was broken during the first leg. They did a lot of play-acting, but the fact is, they're not very good actors.

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