Spain Clinch World Cup Ticket

Andres Iniesta Albania Spain 09102016

Rodrigo Moreno, Isco and Thiago Alcantara scored three goals in 11 minutes to set up a comprehensive win which was topped off with news from Rome that Italy had been held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia, clinching Spain's spot in Russian Federation as Group G winners.

Barca defender Pique, who voted in the banned referendum and has been outspoken about his home region's right to decide on its future, was booed upon arrival at the teamĀ“s hotel in Alicante on Thursday by around 100 supporters, who urged him to quit the national team.

"We had to concentrate exclusively on football", coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Teledeporte.

"We were very good in the first 30 minutes".

Giorgio Chielleni scored in the 40th minute to give Italy the advantage, but equations changed in the second half, with Aleksandar Trajkovski equalising in the 77th minute.


"There's still one match left and then we'll think about the play-offs".

Spain and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says his relationship with Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is "great" and will not be affected by the Catalan crisis. Before them spots were already secured for Russian Federation (hosts) as well as Germany, Belgium and England, also winning their groups.

Regarding the game, which saw Albania suffer a fourth defeat in qualifying but remain third in the group, Panucci said: "The first goal was very nice, the other two we could have done better with". Tom Lawrence scored for the Welsh side with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey the provider.

The Derby County forward rifled in the victor four minutes after half-time in Tbilisi as Chris Coleman's team stayed a point clear of third-placed Republic of Ireland.

Serbia heads the section on 18 points with Wales, aiming to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958, second on 17 and Ireland another point further back. If they win against Kosovo on Monday, they will become the smallest nation ever to be part of World Cup.

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