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

Lopetegui still shows support for Villar. Poor timing for the coach to support the currently on corruption charges Villar claims AS Director A. Relaño

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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