STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Sweden claimed a valuable 1-zero first-leg victory over Italy of their World Cup play-off right here on Friday, leaving the 4-time champions in peril of lacking the event for the primary time in 60 years, whereas Senegal defeated South Africa 2-zero in Polokwane to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the one objective of a scrappy recreation within the 61st minute with a low strike that discovered the nook with assistance from an enormous deflection.
Gian Piero Ventura’s Italy might want to reply in Monday’s return leg on the San Siro in Milan to keep away from turning into solely the second Azzurri outfit to fail to succeed in the finals.
Senegal striker Diafra Sakho opened the scoring off a move from Sadio Mane and each have been concerned within the transfer that led to a Thamsanqa Mkhize personal-objective earlier than half-time.
Victory gave Senegal an uncatchable 5-level lead over Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in Group D with one spherical left.
The one earlier World Cup look by Senegal was in 2002 when present coach Aliou Cisse captained a staff that reached the quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan.
In the meantime, Australia edged nearer to a spot within the 2018 World Cup finals after grinding out a tough-fought zero-zero draw with Honduras of their Asia-CONCACAF playoff.
Socceroos striker Tomi Juric missed golden possibilities in every half because the Australians dominated a bodily Honduras aspect with out managing to discover a valuable away objective on the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
However, Ange Postecoglou’s males will return to Australia for Wednesday’s second leg assured of reaching a fourth consecutive World Cup after a managed show in scorching, humid circumstances.
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