World Cup Qualifying - European - Group G
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Spain 3-0 Italy

Isco
Isco had only scored three international goals before the Italy game

Isco scored twice as a scintillating Spain beat Italy at the Bernabeu to take a huge step towards qualifying for the World Cup from Group G.

The Real Madrid playmaker curled home a free-kick and then smashed in a second as Spain named no recognised striker.

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata came on to add a third from Sergio Ramos' cross.

Italy, who had not lost any qualifier since 2006, trail Spain by three points with a much worse goal difference and are likely to be in the play-offs.

Only the winners of each group qualify directly for Russia, with the eight best ranked second-placed teams playing off.

Spain - who looked back to their best - brought on record goalscorer David Villa for Isco late on, his first cap since retiring from international football and moving to MLS in 2014.

The Azzurri are still four points above third-placed Albania, who beat Liechtenstein 2-0.

Macedonia beat Israel 1-0 in the group's other match.

Group G
Italy need Spain to slip up against either Liechtenstein, Albania or Israel

Ukraine are top of Group I following a 2-0 win over Turkey, new Borussia Dortmund striker Andriy Yarmolenko scoring both goals.

Croatia, who are one point behind them, have a game in hand - after their match with Kosovo was abandoned at 0-0 in the first half because of a waterlogged pitch. It will be replayed on Sunday.

Iceland, behind Croatia on goal difference, lost 1-0 to Finland.

Croatia v Kosovo
Incessant rain made the Balkan derby unplayable in Zagreb

Line-ups

Spain

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Ramos
  • 18Alba
  • 8Koke
  • 5Busquets
  • 6IniestaSubstituted forMorataat 72'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forVillaat 89'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forSaúlat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nacho
  • 7Villa
  • 9Morata
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Pedro
  • 12Saúl
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 14Deulofeu
  • 16Monreal
  • 17Azpilicueta
  • 19Iago Aspas
  • 23Reina

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 4Darmian
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19BonucciBooked at 12mins
  • 7Spinazzola
  • 6CandrevaSubstituted forBernardeschiat 70'minutes
  • 8VerrattiBooked at 4mins
  • 16De Rossi
  • 10Insigne
  • 11ImmobileSubstituted forGabbiadiniat 78'minutes
  • 9BelottiSubstituted forÉderat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Conti
  • 3D'Ambrosio
  • 5Rugani
  • 12Donnarumma
  • 13Astori
  • 14Pellegrini
  • 17Éder
  • 18Parolo
  • 20Bernardeschi
  • 21Perin
  • 22El Shaarawy
  • 23Gabbiadini
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
73,628

Match Stats

Home TeamSpainAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Spain 3, Italy 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Spain 3, Italy 0.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Leonardo Spinazzola.

Attempt saved. Manolo Gabbiadini (Italy) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Verratti with a through ball.

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Spain).

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Spain) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. David Villa replaces Isco.

Offside, Spain. David Silva tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi.

Hand ball by Saúl Ñíguez (Spain).

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Spain).

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Álvaro Morata (Spain) because of an injury.

Delay in match Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Spain) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Koke.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Leonardo Spinazzola.

Saúl Ñíguez (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Federico Bernardeschi (Italy).

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Marco Asensio.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Ciro Immobile.

Goal!

Goal! Spain 3, Italy 0. Álvaro Morata (Spain) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Sergio Ramos following a fast break.

Offside, Italy. Andrea Barzagli tries a through ball, but Ciro Immobile is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Álvaro Morata replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Hand ball by Marco Asensio (Spain).

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Éder replaces Andrea Belotti.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Federico Bernardeschi replaces Antonio Candreva.

Offside, Spain. Gerard Piqué tries a through ball, but Marco Asensio is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Daniel Carvajal (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Isco.

Attempt missed. Antonio Candreva (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi.

Isco (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Italy).

Marco Asensio (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matteo Darmian (Italy).

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Spain).

Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Koke (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Spain).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France75111551016
2Sweden7412147713
3Bulgaria74031214-212
4Netherlands73131310310
5Belarus7124412-85
6Luxembourg7115717-104

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland77001531221
2Portugal76012742318
3Hungary7313118310
4Faroe Islands7124315-125
5Andorra7115216-144
6Latvia7106315-123

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany77002922721
2Northern Ireland75111421216
3Czech Rep723210739
4Norway7214810-27
5Azerbaijan7214311-87
6San Marino7007133-320

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia7430167915
2R. of Ireland734095413
3Wales7250105511
4Austria72239908
5Georgia7043711-44
6Moldova7025418-142

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland75111511416
2Montenegro74121771013
3Denmark7412146813
4Romania72328719
5Armenia7205715-86
6Kazakhstan7025419-152

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England75201421217
2Slovakia7502134915
3Scotland73221210211
4Slovenia732264211
5Lithuania7124614-85
6Malta7007219-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain76102432119
2Italy75111871116
3Albania740398112
4Israel7304913-49
5Macedonia7205913-46
6Liechtenstein7007126-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium76103323119
2Greece7340103713
3Bos-Herze7322158711
4Cyprus7313811-310
5Estonia7124517-125
6Gibraltar7007333-300

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine7421115614
2Croatia6411112913
3Iceland741297213
4Turkey7322118311
5Finland7115510-54
6Kosovo6015318-151
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