How Gianluigi Buffon Reacted When Italy Fans Whistled Sweden's National Anthem

How Gianluigi Buffon Reacted When Italy Fans Whistled Sweden's National Anthem

How Gianluigi Buffon Reacted When Italy Fans Whistled Sweden's National Anthem

The Swiss followed up a narrow 1-0 first-leg away against Northern Ireland with a 0-0 draw in Basel on Sunday night, while Croatia played out a 0-0 draw with Greece in Athens, but claimed a 4-1 aggregate win thanks to their thumping first-leg victory in Zagreb.

Italy host Sweden in the second leg on Monday at San Siro, looking to overturn the narrow defeat in Solna in attempt to reach a 15th consecutive finals.

Reigning champions Germany are in no such position having already confirmed their spot in Russian Federation and, while Low believes Sweden have shown plenty to suggest they deserve to qualify, he also feels Italy failing to qualify would be a blow to the tournament.

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

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was in the crowd to watch Swedish midfielder Jakob Johansson score the winning goal against Italy in Wednesday's World Cup play-off tie.

"We analyzed the things that went well and others that did not go so well". Italy are meanwhile superstars having won the competition four times - 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 - and lost two finals in 1970 and 1994. Now I hope that at San Siro they allow us what the referee allowed them tonight.

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"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear", said 2006 victor Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.

"We are not stressed, personally I am focused on the game and I hope fans will support us".

Sweden came in second place in the 1958 World Cup. "Sweden are a solid side and their behaviour will make little difference, it all depends on us", he said.

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"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".

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