Spain routs Liechtenstein 8-0 to stay in control in Group G

Spain routs Liechtenstein 8-0 to stay in control in Group G

Julen Lopetegui's Spain side scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to ensure the rest of the game was a formality against the overwhelmed hosts.

The Italians beat fourth-placed Israel 1-0, while Albania posted a 1-1 draw with Macedonia to boost their point total to 13.

It leaves La Roja, who are guaranteed a top-two finish, three points clear of Italy with two matches left to play but head coach Lopetegui is keen for his players not to let up.

A goal from Aleksandar Kolarov guided 10-man Serbia to a 1-0 win over Ireland, putting the Balkan nation on the verge of a place at next year's World Cup.

After Robson-Kanu headed the opener Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey produced a brilliant stop to deny Andrei Cojocari before Ramsey sealed it in stoppage time.

This victory made Wales a point ahead of Ireland and closing on the race for the second place.

Austria and Georgia deadlocked 1-1 in the other Group D match.

Iceland recovered from a stunning defeat in Finland last week and are now on 16 points, just second on goal difference behind leaders Croatia, who suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Turkey. Only one minute later Real Madrid midfielder Isco scored the third.

South Korea's point was enough to earn automatic qualification while in Group B a second half Saudi Arabia victor over Japan sent them through alongside their already-qualified opponents.

The Chelsea striker, who was on target against Italy on Saturday, netted a goal in each half as well as having another harshly disallowed as Spain cruised to a comfortable victory.

Fahad Al Muwallad scored his side's crucial goal in the 63rd minute while the Australians toiled to a 2-1 success over Thailand and had to settle for a play-off place.

It was his 33 worldwide goal, meaning he stays fourth on Spain's list of all-time leading scorers, just five behind third-placed Fernando Torres.

Tomi Juric put Australia in front after 69 minutes but Pokklaw Anan equalised for Thailand eight minutes from time. He played the whole of a 2-1 win followed by a second-half substitute appearance in a 1-1 draw.



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