World Cup UEFA Qualification –  Spain edge Macedonia; Italy crush Liechtenstein  to go level with Spain

Group G
FYR Macedonia 1 – 2 Spain

Israel 0 – 3 Albania

Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein

  • FYR Macedonia 1 – 2 Spain

Spain stayed in control of Group G despite enduring a nervy evening to their match in Macedonia.

David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but the visitors were made to sweat after Stefan Ristovski pulled one back.

Silva capped a vintage Spanish build-up with the opener and Costa tapped in Isco’s cross before half-time.

But with chances going begging Spain were made to pay when, out of nothing, Ristovski burst from the halfway line and lashed in his first international goal.

Nevertheless, a 2-1 victory ensured Spain remain top of the group on goal difference

  • Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein

Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne broke the deadlock against Liechtenstein with this superb volley as the Azzurri romped to a routine 5-0 victory.

Insigne then teed up Andrea Belotti to tuck in the second seven minutes after the interval.

Eder grabbed the third before substitutes Federico Bernardeschi and Manolo Gabbiadini completed the scoring.

  • Israel 0 – 3 Albania

Albania forward Armando Sadiku scored twice from distance in the first half as Albania beat Israel 3-0 in Haifa.

Ledian Memushaj added a third for Albania on a counter-attack in the 71st minute.

The win moved Albania level with Israel on nine points in Group G.

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