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After trailing by a goal late, Ciro Immobile scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to lift Italy over Macedonia.
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Italy will play Russia in two friendlies to get ready for the World Cup.

ROME -- Italy and Russia will play two friendlies before the 2018 World Cup following a new partnership between the federations.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) said after a meeting in Moscow between its president Carlo Tavecchio and Vitaly Mutko, sports minister and president of the Football Union of Russia, that the matches will be in 2017 and 2018.

Russia are hosting the 2018 World Cup. In five previous meetings with Russia, Italy have won three matches, drawn one, and lost one.

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Police feared England fans were set to die after 'barbaric' Euro 2016 violence

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol isn't too concerned with England's poor play given they secured an important point in World Cup qualifying.

A senior British police officer has revealed there were fears that five England fans would die after being attacked by Russian hooligans during "barbaric" scenes in Marseille at Euro 2016.

England's opening match of the tournament against Russia on June 11 was marred by violent clashes between supporters -- inside and outside the Stade Velodrome -- raising concerns ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which is to be staged in Russia.

Chief superintendent Steve Neill of Northumbria Police, the senior British...

DFB president Reinhard Grindel cools 2018 World Cup boycott talk

Reinhard Grindel is a former member of the German parliament.

German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has played down talk of a 2018 World Cup boycott, amid ongoing frictions between Russia and the western world over the conflict in Syria.

Tensions have risen over the past week after the United States suspended talks with Russia and accused the Kremlin of being part of a Syrian Air Force operation in the bombing of the besieged city of Aleppo.

There have been calls for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup due to its role in the...

Russian student footballer dies after lightning hits metal goalposts

MOSCOW -- Russian authorities say a young football player has been killed and three others injured after lightning struck the goalposts during a game.

The 18-year-old, who has not been named, died during a game in a local competition involving teams of students on Wednesday in the Siberian town of Rubtsovsk, regional investigative authorities say in a statement.

Players from both teams were crowded in the penalty area when lightning hit a set of metal goalposts.

Investigators say the 18-year-old...

FIFA's Gianni Infantino wants positivity ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects Russia to stage a successful 2018 World Cup.
During his visit to Seoul, South Korea FIFA president Gianni Infantino shared his new vision for FIFA.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it makes sense to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter months, but admitted it will have an impact on European league schedules.
ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for Dec. 18 in Qatar.

ZURICH -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hit out at attempts to "undermine" the 2018 World Cup in Russia, saying he will not judge the country on the investigation which documented a state-sponsored doping program that included football.

Infantino told the Associated Press it is still "very good" working with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who has been accused of personally intervening to cover up a doping case of at least one foreign footballer in the Russian Premier League.

The details...