Holders Spain suffered their first defeat in qualifying for a major tournament in eight years when Miroslav Stoch nodded a late goal to earn Slovakia a shock 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque on Friday included Chelsea`s Diego Costa in his side`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away against Slovakia and Luxembourg despite Jose Mourinho`s concerns over the striker`s fitness.
Slovakia`s armed forces are transferring their military material from Afghanistan in piecemeal fashion amidst the planned end of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission by the end of this year, an official said Monday.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli might not admit it, but in Brazil the pressure is on to finally end the pain of a disastrous 2010 World Cup that plunged Italy into despair and sent the Azzurri into redemption mode.
Russia started their World Cup countdown with a 1-0 win over Slovakia while Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa as the finalists began their preparations in earnest on Monday with the start of the tournament just 17 days away.