Coach Giam-piero Ventura says “it would be a catastrophe” if injury-hit Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with key qualifiers looming against Macedonia and Albania.
Italy look set to go through the playoffs as they sit second in Group G behind Spain before Friday’s clash against Macedonia in Turin followed by a trip to Albania three days later.
The four-time world champions need only a point from the two matches to secure second place in the group and a spot in the playoffs.
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