Sweden's men's national team training on Thursday before tonight's match.
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Sweden's men's national team training on Thursday before tonight's match. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
Sweden coach Janne Andersson.
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Sweden coach Janne Andersson. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Sweden takes on Italy in World Cup qualifier

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Sweden takes on Italy tonight in the first leg of their playoff for a place at next year's World Cup.

Coach Janne Andersson appeared calm and collected on Thursday. Saying that his players are ready for the challenge.

"We feel optimistic, we feel that were a good team and at home here we have good results," he told reporters on Thursday.

Andersson said he's be focusing on defense to keep the Italians from scoring any crucial away goals.

The four-times world champions Italy are favored in Friday's game at Friend's Arena but sports writers are warning that Sweden shouldn't be underestimated.

Tonight's match starts at 8:45 pm and Sweden and Italy will meet again on Monday night in Milan.

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