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Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Match report

    Spain 3-0 Italy


    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 hosts started without a striker, but did not need one with the Real Madrid playmaker curling home a free-kick and then smashing in a second.

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

    Italy, who trail Spain by three points with a much worse goal difference, are likely to be in the play-offs.

  2. Good night

    Thanks for joining us today, we will leave you with the story of the game...


    Spain 3-0 Italy

    It's all over. The Azzurri suffer a first qualifying defeat in over a decade. Spain are surely going to qualify for the World Cup now.

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    Spain 3-0 Italy

    The Bernabeu is bouncing. Party time for Spain, who look back to their best.


    Spain 3-0 Italy

    Two minutes added on.


    Spain 3-0 Italy

    A very popular substitute both ways. Two-goal Isco comes off - at his club's home ground, and David Villa comes on for his 98th cap - his first since 2013-14 when he left for New York City.


    Spain 3-0 Italy

    Spain think they've got a fourth goal but Alvaro Morata was well offside from David Silva's pass.

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    Spain 3-0 Italy

    David de Gea is able to hold onto a Lorenzo Insigne shot from distance as Italy have a rare effort on target.

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    Spain 3-0 Italy

    Spain are just seeing this one out now. Five minutes to go.

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    Spain 3-0 Italy

    Sergio Ramos, now out on the left for some reason, volleys a shot wide after it lands to him in the box. Both he and Gerard Pique were up in the Italy box. Mavericks.


    Spain 3-0 Italy

    Italy make a change now as Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Ciro Immobile.

    David Villa gets a fantastic reception as he warms up for Spain. Not sure if he's coming on though.


    Spain 3-0 Italy

    Spain make a change, with the game already won. Marco Asensio - who was actually pretty quiet - is replaced by Saul Niguez.

  13. GOAL - Spain 3-0 Italy

    Alvaro Morata

    Alvaro Morata has only been on the pitch for a few minutes and he seals the game - and probably Spain's World Cup place. Sergio Ramos charges forward down the right (remember he's a veteran centre-back and it's late in this game) and his perfect cross is slammed home by Chelsea striker Morata from close range.

    Alvaro Morata celebrates
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    Spain 2-0 Italy

    This game has made up for that Georgia v Republic of Ireland dross I had to watch earlier. If more qualifiers were like this, people would object to international breaks less.

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    Spain 2-0 Italy

    Ciro Immobile runs back from an offside position - ie miles offside - the ball lands to him and he thinks 'better kick the ball into the empty net just in case it counts'. It didn't.

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    Spain 2-0 Italy

    Federico Bernardeschi crosses but Spain clear. The hosts break and Alvaro Morata is only denied a run in goal by a good Andrea Barzagli tackle - his former Juventus team-mate.

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    Sho Rahman: Remember a couple of years ago when Isco could barely get on the Madrid bench. The turnaround is sensational.

    Dave Wood: Wonder if PSG will meet Iscos €700m buyout clause in January?


    Spain 2-0 Italy

    Spain scored twice with no proper striker. Well they have one now. Chelsea's Alvaro Morata replaces Andres Iniesta. Iniesta gets a fantastic reception as he comes off. In contract to Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique every time he gets the ball. I guess scoring a winner in a World Cup final will do that.


    Spain 2-0 Italy

    On comes 40m euros winger Federico Bernardeschi, who has yet to make his Serie A debut for Juventus following his summer move from Fiorentina. He replaces Andrea Belotti, who only had nine touches of the ball.

    It's a double change, as Eder replaces Antonio Candreva.

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    Spain 2-0 Italy

    Brilliant from Spain, who almost put this game to bed. Isco, in sensational form tonight, nutmegs an Italian midfielder and plays an excellent ball through to Dani Carvajal. Only a good stop by Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon denies him a goal.