Roma’s Czech forward Patrik Schick  heads the ball  past Spal goalkeeper Alex Meretto to score his side’s third goal in the  Serie A football match  at the Paolo Mazza Stadium in Ferrara. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Spal 0 Roma 3 Roma enjoyed a perfect dress rehearsal for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Liverpool when Radja Nainggolan (...)

Gerard Pique celebrates his goal against AS Roma. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP

FC Barcelona 4 AS Roma 1 Roma scored three at the Camp Nou but their chances of reaching a first Champions League semi-final since 1984 are slim. Thi(...)

Sebastian Larsson reacts after Sweden draw 0-0 with Italy to secure their place at next summer’s World Cup. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Italy 0 Sweden 0 (Sweden win 1-0 on aggregate) Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being shut out by S(...)

Roma’s Diego Perotti scores the third goal at the Olimpico stadium. Photograph: PA

Roma 3 Chelsea 0 This will have left Antonio Conte pained. The Italian must have privately relished bringing his English champions back to his homela(...)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “We have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Antonio Conte has conceded Chelsea’s “thin” senior squad will force him to take risks in his team selection in the weeks ahead with a perceived lack o(...)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani reacts after scoring in the  Champions League  match against  Bayern Munich  at the Parc des Princes. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Paris St Germain tore apart Bayern Munich to win 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday as the French club’s expensively-assembled attack made anoth(...)

Francesco Totti made his final appearance for Roma against Genoa on Sunday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Francesco Totti tried to raise a smile. Striding out on to the Stadio Olimpico pitch for a farewell address at the end of his last-ever match for Roma(...)

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(...)

Italy boss Antonio Conte is wary of the threat posed by Ireland. Photograph: Epa

You might imagine that Italian coach Antonio Conte could easily make the mistake of underestimating Ireland when the two sides meet next month in thei(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Belgium during the friendly international at the Magalhaes Pessoa stadium in Leiria, Portugal. Photograph:  Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Germany 4 Italy 1 World champions Germany crushed Italy 4-1 in their friendly international in Munich on Tuesday to equal their biggest win against(...)

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