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(Soccer World Cup qualifiers) Spain, Italy prevail

Sports | Oct 10, 2017 12:10
Spain ended their qualifying campaign by beating Israel 1-0 in Jerusalem, while Italy scraped past Albania 1-0 in Shkoder in another poor effort which will do little to inspire confidence in coach Gian Piero Ventura and his team. 
With a World Cup berth already secured, Spain played without most of its regular starters in Jerusalem but won thanks to a long-range strike by Asier Illarramendi in the second half 
They finished unbeaten with nine wins and a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin last year. The Italians ended five points behind Spain. 
Macedonia beat Liechtenstein 4-0 in the match between the two bottom sides in the group. 
Liechtenstein were outscored 39-1 in 10 qualifiers.-AP


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