Spain midfielder Vitolo  passes Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and scores during the World Cup qualifier at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph:   Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 1 Spain 1 Italy’s Daniele De Rossi scored a late penalty to earn a draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, sparing home go(...)

Chelsea and Ireland defender Niamh Fahey. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

There aren’t many Irish sportswomen who have enjoyed as much success as Niamh Fahey. Fahey (28) was a member of the Galway team that won its first sen(...)

Spain’s goalkeeper David De Gea tips a shot over the bar. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

Italy 2 Spain 0 Perhaps this game did not live up to its billing, perhaps it never could, but the result was a big one. Spain are far from invincible(...)

Ireland train ahead of their Group E clash with Belgium in Bordeaux. Photo: EPA

Italy’s 1-0 defeat of Sweden on Friday afternoon looks to be good news for Ireland ahead of their clash with Belgium in Bordeaux on Saturday. So, wit(...)

Republic of Ireland’s  coach Martin O’Neill: “We have to be mentally tuned in. There are other sides at this tournament who possibly have a lot of talent at their disposal and can maybe afford to be not quite so tuned in; we can’t.” Photo: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Belgium v Republic of Ireland Bordeaux, 2pm It is easy to forget after a week around the Ireland set-up that the players ultimately let go of a lea(...)

Éder scored Italy’s late winner against Sweden. Photograph: Epa

Italy 1 Sweden 0 In the end, there was something fitting somehow that the breakthrough came from a throw in. This was no classic clash but this tourn(...)

Sweden striker  Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a training session   in Toulouse ahead of Friday’s meeting with Italy. Photograph:   Vassil Donev/EPA

“Ibra has played seven seasons in Serie A,” says, er, Ibra as Sweden prepare for this afternoon’s game in Toulouse, “and feels a great love for the co(...)

Italy manager Antonio Conte will move to Chelsea after the tournamet. Photograph: Getty

Prospects A largely uninspiring qualifying campaign combined with the loss through injury of stars like Marco Verratti and Cludio Marchisio have le(...)

Spain’s Aritz Aduriz celebrates his goal against Italy at the Friuli stadium. Photograph: EPA

Euro 2016 finalists Italy and Spain cancelled each other out in a 1-1 international friendly draw in Udine on Thursday night. Napoli forward Lorenzo (...)

Alvaro Morata  celebrates with his Juventus team-mates after scoring their  second goal in the Champions League match against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters/Livepic

Manchester City 1 Juventus 2 For Manchester City, the sense of deja vu must feel suffocating. They have been rampant so far in the Premier League but (...)

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