The Italian team was one step away from a sensational spot in the final stage of the world Cup in Russia.
The key point of the first butt of the match came in the 61st minute, when 27-year-old midfielder “AEK” Jakob Johansson with a rebound shot Gigi Buffon.
The remaining 30 minutes of the game Italy was spent in the siege of the gates of the Swedes. The most real moment to even the score came from the defender “Manchester United” Matteo of Amauri, whose shot from 22 metres x took upon himself the rod.
At the end of the match, the “Squadra Azzurra” lost on the high passes where protection masters have been ready.
The second play-off match between Italy and Sweden will take place on 13 November in Milan at “San Siro”.
Italy may be the third time in history and first time since 1958 not to miss the final stage of the world Cup.
Sweden – Italy 1:0
Goal: Johansson, 61
Sweden: Olsen — Kraft (Svensson, 83), LindelEf Granqvist, Augustinsson — Claesson, S. Larsson, Ekdahl (Johansson, 57), Forsberg — Toivonen, Berg (Kise Thelin, 75)
Italy: Buffon — Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini — Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Verratti (Insigne, 76), Darmian Is Immobile, Belotti (Eder, 65)
Warning: Berg — Verratti