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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Portugal earn rare win over Italy; Poland and Greece play to draw in friendlies

Portugal defeated Italy for the first time in 39 years on Tuesday.

Portugal defeated Italy 1-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday to inflict Antonio Conte's first defeat as Azzurri coach.

With Cristiano Ronaldo unavailable, Eder netted his first goal for Portugal in the 52nd minute to help end a 39-year wait for a victory over Italy.

The result will be a blow to Italy's hopes of being seeded in the draw for 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Italy had won five of its previous nine matches since Conte replaced Cesare Prandelli as coach after last year's World Cup,...

 By Nick Miller

Portugal rely too much on Cristiano Ronaldo, Ireland's hopes are fading

The ESPN FC panel discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick over Armenia, and whether Portugal can progress in qualification.

It's heading toward crunch time in the 2016 European Championship qualifiers. ESPN FC's Nick Miller takes a look at some of the biggest talking points from this week's games.

Portugal jump on Ronaldo's back ... again

We have seen this season for Real Madrid that Cristiano Ronaldo, as he continues his relentless pursuit of cartoon goal-scoring numbers, is rarely happier than when he's doing something on his own. Ronaldo looks positively irked when his teammates score, with the notion of it being...

Faroe Islands beat Greece for second time in Euro qualifying campaign

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Hallur Hansson's first half strike paved the way for the Faroe Islands in their historic 2-1 win over Greece.

The Faroe Islands completed a memorable double over Greece as they held on to record a 2-1 victory in their European Championship Group F qualifying match at the Torsvollur stadium on Saturday night.

The hosts went 2-0 ahead thanks to a goal in each half from Hallur Hansson and teenager Brandur Olsen before Sokratis Papastathopoulos struck back to reduce the deficit with six minutes remaining, but the Faroes held on to claim maximum points as they moved above Finland into fourth in the table.

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Greece names squad for Euro 2016 qualifier vs. Faroe Islands

Sokratis Papastathopoulos will try to help Greece get back on track in their Euro qualifier on June 13.

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece coach Sergio Markarian has recalled midfielder Sotiris Ninis to the Greek national squad after a 19-month absence for a European championship qualifier in the Faroe Islands, as the team struggles to regain form following a string of defeats.

Markarian, 70, took over in February and earned Greece its second point in five matches with a 0-0 draw in Hungary. He replaced Italian Claudio Ranieri who was fired after a shock 1-0 loss at home to the Faeroe Islands in November....