Portugal hand Antonio Conte first defeat as Italy coach in friendly. Italy will not be seeded for the upcoming World Cup qualifying draw after a 1-0 friendly defeat to Portugal in Geneva denied them the requisite coefficient points.Eder scored the only goal of the game as Portugal recorded their first win over Italy since 1976 with a 1-0 friendly success in Geneva on Tuesday. Fernando Santos’s men were in buoyant mood after last Saturday’s 3-2 Euro 2016 qualifying victory in Armenia and they produced a solid display against the Azzurri, who were previously unbeaten under coach Antonio Conte. With World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo given a rest, Portugal handed a start to Sporting Braga striker Eder, who had scored 10 league goals this season for his club in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. After a low-key first half in Switzerland, the 27-year-old striker, born in the Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau, grabbed his first goal for his country with 52 […]

INDIA v NEPAL Kanchenjunga Stadium, Silliguri 19 November, 18 00 IST *** After the disappointment of losing out the SAFF Cup to Afghanistan, the Indian national team was seen in action again past week. India shared the honors with a better ranked side, Philippines at the lively Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri. The match saw Indians showcase a more than decent performance in front of jam packed stadium. India is now all geared up for their second friendly tomorrow against their neighbors Nepal at the same venue. India: The Blue Tigers now would be raring to go against the Gorkhali’s after a robust performance. Many players have opined that they should have clinched a triumph against Philippines in the last match, if only some clear cut chances were not muffed. Win now has a daunting task on hands, whether to test a formula with new exciting players coming up the ranks or to go in with tried and tested folks. The latter […]