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World Cup qualifier

Spain 3 - Albania 0

Spain are through to the World Cup finals after a 3-0 victory over Albania on Friday evening! Lopetegui’s side wrapped things up with three goals in the first half hour, Rodrigo celebrating his return to the national squad with the opener after Isco set him up on the quarter hour mark. Soon afterwards Isco himself made it two with an angled shot, and just two minutes later Thiago ran in to head the third from a cross by Odriozola, who was making his full international debut. Llullaku and Sadiku did head against the woodwork for the visitors, but only a string of saves by Berisha prevented Koke, Rodrigo, Asensio and others from adding to the scoreline after the restart. Italy’s draw against Macedonia meant that Spain are sure of top spot and a place in Russia next summer, but with a massive goal difference in their favour over the “Transalpinos”, they were all but mathematically there anyway. (06.10.17)