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2018 Play-offs: Italy To Face Sweden, Denmark To Battle Ireland

2018 Play-offs: Italy To Face Sweden, Denmark To Battle Ireland

Four times world champions Italy will take on Sweden in the European play-offs for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The draw was held at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday.


Italy will travel to Stockholm for the first leg of the play-off.

In other play-offs draw, Switzerland will battle Northern Ireland, Denmark will face Republic of Ireland, while Croatia will face Greece.


The eight teams will fight it out over two legs, with away goals separating them in the event of a tie, or extra-time (with away goals still counting) and penalties if needed.

The first legs will take place from November 9-11 with the return legs on November 12-14.

Among the eight countries that will slug it out in the European play-offs, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Switzerland were at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

European play-offs pairings
Italy Vs Sweden
Switzerland Vs Northern Ireland
Denmark Vs Republic of Ireland
Croatia Vs Greece
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