11.11.2017 12:00 - in: The team S

    Disappointing night for the Azzurri

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    Five Bianconeri players amongst the Italy squad beaten 1-0 in Sweden

    The first leg of the World Cup play-offs ended in defeat for Italy, who were beaten by one goal to nil at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

    The only goal of the game came in the 61st minute, a shot from Jakob Johansson deflected off Daniele De Rossi and agonisingly rolled into the net past Gianluigi Buffon. 

    The Azzurri almost got back into the game when a fine shot from Matteo Darmian crashed off the post, but Sweden held on for the result and the two sides will meet again on Monday at the San Siro.

    Juve trio Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini played the full 90 minutes, with Daniele Rugani and Federico Bernardeschi as unused substitutes.

    There were other Juventus players involved in friendly action last night, Alex Sandro and Douglas Costa were second half substitutes for Brazil as they beat Japan 3-1. A penalty from Neymar, and further goals from Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil a 3-0 half-time lead before Tomoaki Makino pulled a goal back for the hosts.

    Blaise Matuidi played the whole game in France's 2-0 win against Wales at the Stade de France. Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in either half gave Les Bleus the victory.

    Wojciech Szczesny remained on the bench in Poland's 0-0 draw with Uruguay, whilst Rodrigo Bentancur played the full 90 minutes.

    Juan Cuadrado was an unused substitute in Colombia's 2-1 defeat to South Korea, as was Sami Khedira in Germany's 0-0 draw with England at Wembley.

    Tonight, Medhi Benatia's Morocco are in action as they play the Ivory Coast away in their final World Cup qualifying game. They currently top their group by one point, and need simply to avoid defeat in order to qualify.

    Elsewhere Paulo Dybala is part of the Argentina squad who play a friendly away in Russia, in preparation for next summer's tournament.

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