Football: Italy to face Sweden in World Cup play-off, Switzerland draw N. Ireland

Italy’s Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon singing during the national anthem before their World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in Turin, Italy on Oct 6, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH (REUTERS) - Four-times world champions Italy were drawn against Sweden on Tuesday in their two-legged playoff for a place at next year's World Cup.

Italy, who last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1958, will play the second leg at home in the most eye-catching of the four ties.

Switzerland, who finished second in their qualifying group despite winning nine of their 10 games, were drawn against Northern Ireland, who last qualified in 1986, with the first match in Belfast.

Croatia, runners-up behind Iceland in their group, will face Greece with the first leg at home. The fourth tie pits Ireland against Denmark, who host the first match.

Northern Ireland v Switzerland

Croatia v Greece

Denmark v Ireland

Sweden v Italy

Two-legged ties to be played Nov 9-11 and Nov 12-14

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