Sweden 1 Italy 0: Johansson leaves Azzurri and Ventura on the brink

Jakob Johansson came off the bench to give Sweden a 1-0 first-leg win and leave Italy staring at the ignominy of World Cup elimination.

Italy face failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after substitute Jakob Johansson gave Sweden a 1-0 first-leg lead in their play-off encounter.Questions over Gian Piero Ventura's abilities as head coach of the Azzurri must now be met with a decisive answer in Monday's return at San Siro after a disjointed display in Solna.Watched on by the iconic Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the stands, Sweden's robust forward duo Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen proved a handful for the unu...