While the Swedes will feature in their first World Cup since 2006, Italy-who won the tournament that year-will be absent for the first time since 1958.
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Sweden coach Janne Andersson.
"It is really important that we do not end up in a defensive position where we have to defend our goal for 90 minutes, because they are so skilled that they will hurt as sooner or later".
And elimination would nearly certainly mean goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon playing his final competitive global.
Ventura is likely to be relieved of his duties in the coming days - if not the coming hours - after a series of freakish selection decisions which saw Lorenzo Insigne, the top provider of key passes in Europe's top five leagues this season, left on the bench not just at the start of the game but for the full 90 minutes.
Italy's biggest concern is the absence of PSG midfielder Marco Verratti through suspension.
The chances began to flow as Jorginho chipped the ball over the Sweden defense to release Ciro Immobile whose shot was partially stopped by Olsen and cleared away by Victor Lindelof as it was about to trickle over the line.
So much so that they crashed into the Eurosport pundits beside the pitch after the game.
Veteran goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has retired from global football after Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958, declaring: "I am sorry for all of Italian football".