SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: SPAIN DEFEATS ISRAEL 0 - 1 | WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

SPAIN DEFEATS ISRAEL 0 - 1 | WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

SPAIN defeated ISRAEL 0 - 1 in Jerusalem in the last of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. The Spanish Football Team finishes top spot of the Group securing a direct ticket for next years World Cup finals in Russia.

World Cup qualifier

Spain came into this match already qualified & with top spot but wanted to win in order to gain more FIFA ranking points & lift them from their current 12 th position. Spanish Coach Lopetegui used the occasion to give "less regular" players a run. The starting 11 was:

Reina, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Nacho, Monreal, Busquets, Illarramendi, Jonathan Viera, Pedro, Asensio & Aduriz.


Sergi Busquets reached a milestone tonight gaining his 100th International Cap with Spain.


Spain dominated the ball & possession the entire match but had difficulties penetrating the solid & crowded Israeli defence. Israel played the counter-attack & found their moments, some more closer than others.

The real action, or moment happened in the second half. Spain made changes - Aspas, Callejon & Isco all came on - with new ideas & it was midfielder ILLARAMENDI who fired home a "missile" from a stray corner in the 76th min that opened the scoring. A goal which was enough for Spain to get the victory & the three points. 


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