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Italy 2-0 Spain: Defending champions knocked out of Euro 2016

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini (3) scores the opening goal. Credit: PA

Reigning European champions Spain are out of Euro 2016 after a 2-0 defeat by Italy in Paris.

Goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle, one in each half, saw off the lacklustre Spanish in their Round of 16 tie at the Stade de France.

Check out ITV's Euro 2016 website for a full report and highlights

Italian PM: Leaving EU would 'make Britain less great'

Matteo Renzi Credit: PA

Voting to leave the EU would exchange“autonomy for isolation, pride for weakness and identity for self-harm”, the Italian prime minister has warned.

Matteo Renzi said the UK is not a country that walks alone and leaving the union could make "Britain less great".

He wrote in the Guardian: "There is no super state in Brussels, no pedantic grocer who measures cucumbers and lives on arcane and exacting acronyms that obscure reality. Can London really fear this caricature of Brussels?”

He added: “[It] would not be a disaster, a tragedy or the end of the world for you in the UK chose to leave the EU. It would be worse, because it would be the wrong choice."

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Silvio Berlusconi to have surgery over heart problem

The 79 year old was admitted to hospital in Milan earlier this week. Credit: PA

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is to undergo surgery after being admitted to hospital because of a heart problem.

Doctors said Berlusconi has a serious case of "aortic insufficiency" and is to have surgery to replace a valve.

The 79 year old was admitted to hospital in Milan earlier this week

The centre-right politician was Italy's prime minister four times. He had a pacemaker implanted in a US hospital when he was 70.

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Italy manager Conte acquitted in match-fixing trial

Antonio Conte has been fully acquitted Credit: AP

Italy head coach Antonio Conte is clear to take charge of Chelsea in the summer after being acquitted of charges pertaining to sporting fraud, an Italian judge has announced.

The 46-year-old, who will move to England and Stamford Bridge after leading Italy at the European Championship, had been accused of failing to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing during his time as Siena boss in 2011.

Cremona-based prosecutor Roberto Di Martino had asked for Conte to be handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and fined 8,000 euros (£6,300), but the former Juventus coach, represented by lawyers, was on Monday acquitted by judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi during a preliminary hearing.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio told Italian newspaper Il Sole that he was "highly satisfied" with the outcome.

"Finally his position has been clarified and my confidence in him has never been in question. Now we are all the more focused on the Euros."

Italy back Leicester manager Ranieri to win World Cup

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has what it takes to win the World Cup, according to Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio.

Ranieri made the impossible possible at Leicester. Credit: PA

After 30 years in management the 64-year-old Roman has finally secured his first top-flight title after guiding unfancied Leicester to the Premier League trophy.

Ranieri experienced mixed fortunes with Chelsea and Valencia, and Italian clubs including Juventus, Roma, Parma and Inter Milan, also enduring a forgettable spell as the head coach of Greece.

But Tavecchio feels his countryman could eventually follow in the footsteps of Vittorio Pozzo, Enzo Bearzot and Marcello Lippi by steering Italy to the greatest prize in world football.

Speaking to ANSA.it in Rome, the FIGC chief said:

I hope Ranieri can win a World Cup with Italy, that would be the best. I'm speaking in an abstract way, of course, and not necessarily about the next World Cup. Claudio is still young and will have time on his side.

Have we thought about him as a replacement for (outgoing Italy coach Antonio) Conte? It's him who should be thinking about us!

We're thinking about a lot of different things right now, but those in his second sporting homeland are wishing him every success.

– Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio
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