Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci criticised referee Cuneyt Cakir after he took an elbow to the face from Sweden's Ola Toivonen that left him with a broken nose.
11 Nov 2017 - 1:04 PM  UPDATED 11 Nov 2017 - 1:04 PM

The AC Milan centre-back was caught by an elbow inside the opening minute of Sweden's 1-0 win, with Cakir not booking 

Turkish official Cakir did not even book the Swedish forward for his involvement in the clash, while Bonucci managed to play the full game in spite of his injury.

“He broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off. There’s not much you can say other than that," Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.

"A referee with greater character would’ve sent off at least one of the Swedish players.

“We knew Sweden would play the long ball and flick it on, so they created very little, but we should’ve been quicker when moving the ball around.

“We have to believe in what we’re doing to the last moment of the second leg at San Siro on Monday."

Substitute Jakob Johansson's deflected goal in the 61st minute secured the Swedes a slim lead to take into the return fixture at the San Siro in Milan, where the Azzurri will be forced to play without playmaker Marco Verratti after he picked up a booking that triggered an automatic one-match ban.

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