Internationals: England draw with Germany; Sweden shock Italy in Stockholm

Italy were outraged at Sweden's physical approach in the first leg, protesting for yellow cards at perceived excessive contact, and Ventura felt Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was too lenient.

Buffon, who won the FIFA World Cup with Italy in 2006, has experienced the build-up to many important matches in a long and glittering career with Italy and Juventus. "We know we've lost, but we have another 90 minutes to overcome this complicated situation". "It doesn't change anything concerning my future, what would change is that a win, more than meaning I would continue in the national shirt, would mean so much for all of us and for the footballing movement".

The coach's tactics are also under the spotlight along with Italy's failure to bring in sufficient new blood over the past decade.

The remaining 30 minutes of the game Italy was spent in the siege of the gates of the Swedes.

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The four-time world champions risk missing out on the summer finals for the first time since 1958 and this play-off result piles further pressure on a side who struggled throughout the qualifying campaign.

The Italian team was one step away from a sensational spot in the final stage of the world Cup in Russia.

Looking for a little divine intervention, Ventura knows the reputations of both the country and himself will be on the line when the Azzurri take the pitch on Monday for the critical showdown against Sweden.

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"I think the match could have been controlled in a more sportsmanlike manner", Ventura said in a press conference. "Our opponents will play with more aggression, but we are solid in defence".

The two sides will meet for the second leg in Italy on November 13.

"They were trying to get me sent off from the beginning", the 31-year-old said of the first leg.

"The team is different without Ibrahimovic".

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