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szdaily -> Sports
Spain beats Italy to close in on World Cup spot
    2017-September-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TWO first-half strikes by Isco Alarcon helped Spain beat Italy 3-0 Saturday and move closer to securing a World Cup spot.

Isco got the best of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from a free kick early in the game, then outsmarted the Italian defense with a low shot just before halftime at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The result left Spain in control of Group G with 19 points, three more than the Italians, with three games left in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Both Italy and Spain had won all their group matches apart from a 1-1 draw against each other in Turin.

Only the group winner automatically qualifies.

Spain’s final qualifiers are at last-placed Liechtenstein on Tuesday, against third-placed Albania on Oct. 6 and at Israel on Oct. 9.

Italy has games left against Israel, Macedonia and Albania.

Substitute Alvaro Morata scored Spain’s third goal in the second half.

Meanwhile, Ben Woodburn‘s debut for Wales was probably everything he could have ever hoped for, and much more.

The Liverpool youngster helped Wales to a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday, as the 17-year-old scored a tremendous strike from distance with 16 minutes remaining in regulation.

The victory puts Wales two points behind Ireland for second place in Group D, with three matches remaining in the Road to Russia.

Group I remains completely up for grabs after the day’s action, as four teams sit within three points of one another at the top of the group. Ukraine, Croatia, Iceland and Turkey are all still in the running for a place in Russia next summer, while Finland and Kosovo’s hopes are all but dashed.

Also Saturday, Albania needed two second-half goals to beat last-placed Liechtenstein 2-0 to stay within reach of the group leaders. (SD-Agencies)

 

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