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Started by Bensergi, Sep 02, 2017, 06:04 PM

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Sep 02, 2017, 06:04 PM Last Edit: Sep 02, 2017, 06:14 PM by Bensergi
Spain vs Italy

Spain and Italy continue to vie for supremacy in Group G when the sides face off at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. It is more of a winners-take-all clash.

Both teams are unbeaten and have an identical points haul after six games. The first meeting ended in a 1-1 draw in Turin last year.

Spain's record goalscorer David Villa has returned to the national team at the age of 35 and could be set to feature for his country for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Exiled Chelsea striker Diego Costa has not been included and there is no place for Manchester United duo Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.

Giorgio Chiellini was named in the initial Italian squad, but the Juventus defender has been forced to withdraw after suffering a calf injury.

With the prize of automatic qualification likely to go to the victor of this game and both sides possessing an array of quality within their ranks, it is sure to be an engaging battle.


Match Stats

  • Spain 3-0 Italy
  • Shots: 12-7
  • Possession: 50%-50%
  • Corner kicks: 4-1

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.

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