Italy in state of ‘high tension’ before crucial Sweden World Cup play-off

• Coach Ventura calls for the game to be played in ‘correct spirit’
• Bonucci will play in face mask after breaking nose in first leg

Italy’s beleaguered coach, Gian Piero Ventura, said his team would try to qualify for the World Cup in Russia by “playing football” after their ill-tempered play-off first leg against Sweden on Monday.

Ventura said it would take him months to listen to all the advice he had received as he bids to overturn Friday’s 1-0 first leg defeat in Stockholm.

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