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Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Spain book their spot in 2018 World Cup

Spain book their spot in 2018 World Cup

Albania actually hit the crossbar through a Llullaku header in the 25th minute, but the visitors were 3-0 behind moments later when Thiago Alcantara rose highest inside the penalty area to head a floated Odriozola cross into the back of the net.

Pique was first booed by fans at Monday's open training session with Spain.

Armando Sadiku headed against the left-hand post, but moments of danger were fleeting for Spain and, with its qualification confirmed, it can reflect on an extremely impressive campaign and look ahead to Russian Federation 2018 with questions about Pique's worldwide future put to one side after the early whistles were drowned out.

The Barcelona defender was substituted by Lopetegui after an hour was up. En route to Russian Federation they have scored 35 goals in nine games, conceding just three.

Serbia missed out on a chance to wrap up qualification from Group D with a match to spare as Louis Schaub struck a minute from time to give Austria victory in Vienna.

Earlier, Wales secured a 1-0 victory in Georgia to remain right in the mix for a finals spot.

The result, coupled with Spain's 3-0 win over Albania, ensured that Italy will finish second in Group G, nearly certainly guaranteeing it a place in a two-leg playoff.

In group I, Iceland are on the brink of their first finals after a win over Turkey.

"The Spanish national team, after qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will travel to Israel with 22 players, following injuries from Thiago and Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona) and David Silva (Manchester City) both for sanction".

Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead on 57 minutes but substitute Pyry Soiri celebrated his worldwide debut for Finland with a fine finish which silenced the home crowd. The last game, dated October 9, 2016 ended in favor of Spain 0: 2.

An own goal from Leart Paqarada on the hour set Ukraine on their way before Andriy Yarmolenko sealed their win.

U.S. overran Panama 4-0 in Orlando to leave them on the verge of automatic qualification.

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