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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Italy miss out on World Cup qualifying seeding after Portugal defeat

Italy head coach Antonio Conte believes the Azzurri's 1-0 friendly loss to Portugal will provide an important learning curve.

Italy face the prospect of a difficult World Cup qualifying draw after they lost to Portugal 1-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday.

Antonio Conte's Italy went into the game in Geneva in the knowledge that nothing less than a victory would give them the Ranking points they required to climb above Croatia and be seeded in pot 1 for the draw in St Petersburg on July 25.

But Portugal, who were without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo, needed only one goal from Eder in the 52nd minute to help...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Italy face must-win game against Portugal for World Cup seeding

Italy face Portugal in an international friendly on Tuesday evening which could have huge implications on their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Antonio Conte's Italy currently find themselves outside the top nine of European nations in the next FIFA Ranking, which will be published on July 9. It means they face being unseeded the World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg on July 25.

Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, England, Wales, Portugal and Spain are all assured of being...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Italy boss Antonio Conte: Goal against Croatia was not offside

Italy head coach Antonio Conte expressed his disagreement with his side's goal vs. Croatia being disallowed due to offsides.
Mario Mandzukic and Antonio Candreva both found the back of the net, as Croatia and Italy played to a 1-1 draw.

Italy boss Antonio Conte believes his side deserved more from Friday's Group H European qualifier against Croatia, but also admitted they were hard done by an incorrectly-disallowed goal.

The Azzurri thought they were ahead in the 11th minute, when Stephan El Shaarawy turned in an inch-perfect Antonio Candreva cross from a wide right position.

The goal, however, was judged offside and subsequently disallowed.

During the Italians' protest of the call, Croatia raced down the field and scored through...