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

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

Sweden recorded a memorable victory over Italy on Friday with a one-goal advantage into the second leg at the San Siro!

The second is that the Azzurri overturn Friday's 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm, with a new hero emerging to haul Gian Piero Ventura's side to the World Cup and avoid the humiliation of missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1958.

Italy haven't missed the World Cup since 1958 - which in the case of this tie was ironically hosted in Sweden - and if they fail to qualify here it would be nothing short of a disaster for their national team program.

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

"We analyzed the things that went well and others that did not go so well". They last faced a play-off for World Cup qualification 20 years ago, when they narrowly overcame Russian Federation 1-0 on aggregate. "We have nothing to lose and we will go onto the pitch to give a great performance".

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




He told the Croydon Advertiser: "Wherever I play is wherever I play, I don't have any arguments where I play at Palace".

Italy not lost competitive home game since 1999. "There are another 90 minutes and we want to make the most of it".

"The San Siro doesn't score, I've never seen a fan score", said Pirlo, a member of the 2006 World Cup-winning team who announced last week he was retiring from football.

"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 want to reach the World Cup, we've been working towards that and after the first leg we haven't changed our minds on that". We invite them to support us, but realise the time has come for us to show them what we've got.