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Conte lashes out at Mourinho after Chelsea's latest draw

The war of words being Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte and his predecessor in the role Jose Mourinho seems to be heating up with the former Italian superstar once again lashing out at the former 'Special One'.

Conte, whose Chelsea side were held to a 3-3 draw by AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, said in an interview after the game, "A lot of time Mourinho has to see what happens at Chelsea... A lot of time, also last season, I think he has to think about his team and stop, to look at himself, not the others."

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Sweden get Italy in epic World Cup play-off encounter

The match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich today.

Drawn by Spain legend Fernando Hierro at the Home of FIFA, the results mean Germany 2006 winners Italy will face Sweden, while Switzerland were paired with Northern Ireland, Croatia meet Greece and Denmark will take on Republic of Ireland.

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Lovren accuses Lukaku of kicking him on purpose

Last weekend's derby clash between Manchester United and Liverpool may have been a damp squib, but the post game controversy refuses to die with Reds defender Dejan Lovren accusing United striker Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him.

Lovren, was left rolling around in an exaggerated fashion on the ground just before half-time, after having been seemingly caught in the face by Lukaku's boot, and the Croatian center-back has hit out at the burly Belgian, claiming that he left his foot in there on purpose.

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USA to square off against Portugal in November

Forging ahead, the U.S. Men's National Team will take on third-ranked Portugal on Nov. 14 in Faro. Kickoff at Estádio Algarve is set for 7:45 p.m. local time (1:45 p.m. ET). The match falls on an international fixture date, which makes all players available for selection. U.S. Soccer will determine in the coming days who will coach the squad for this friendly.

The U.S. will face the 2016 European champions for the seventh time, the teams having split the lifetime series 2-2-2 dating back to 1978, and this marks the USA's first visit to Portugal since 1990.

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Heath and Smith ruled out of USA clash with Korea Republic

U.S. Women's National Team forward Tobin Heath (ankle) and defender Taylor Smith (shoulder) will not attend training camp currently taking place in Louisiana due to injuries suffered in the 2017 NWSL Championship match on Oct. 14.

At this point, neither player will be replaced on the roster and the USA will have 20 players available for matches against the Korea Republic, taking place Oct. 19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (7 p.m. CT on FS1) in New Orleans and Oct. 22 in Cary, N.C. at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each game.

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Weah hat-trick powers USA into FIFA U-17 World Cup Quarter-finals

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team continued its impressive performance at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, advancing to the Quarterfinal Round with an emphatic 5-0 win against Paraguay before 34,895 fans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Led by a historic hat trick from Tim Weah, the USA rode a strong defensive performance in the first half and a breakout offensive display in the second to its second all-time win in the Knockout Round and first Quarterfinal appearance since 2005. Captain Josh Sargent and midfield maestro Andrew Carleton also scored for the USA, while Chris Durkin, James Sands and goalkeeper Justin Garces anchored a U.S. defense that recorded its third clean sheet in four games at the tournament as well as the USA's first ever shutout in a Knockout Round game.

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Peru, Spain enter Top 10 of FIFA World Rankings

Peru have climbed into the top ten of the FIFA World Ranking for the first time in an edition shaped by the latest decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Peruvians (10th, up 2 places), who have qualified for an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand to determine who will be heading to Russia next summer, were joined in the ranking’s upper echelons by Spain, who climbed from 11th to 8th on the back of an impressive conclusion to their unbeaten qualifying campaign.

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