Sergio Ramos posts celebratory photo with Spain squad after World Cup qualification

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If they slip up, Wales (who won 1-0 away in Georgia) and Republic of Ireland (who won 2-0 at home to Macedonia) could take top spot.

Rodrigo Moreno, Isco and Thiago Alcantara scored three goals in 11 minutes to set up a comprehensive win which was topped off with news from Rome that Italy had been held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia, clinching Spain's spot in Russian Federation as Group G winners.

Spain cruised past Albania on Friday.

Armando Sadiku headed against the left-hand post, but moments of danger were fleeting for Spain and, with its qualification confirmed, it can reflect on an extremely impressive campaign and look ahead to Russian Federation 2018 with questions about Pique's worldwide future put to one side after the early whistles were drowned out.

"It's been a tough and hard week and fortunately we had a great first half". The upcoming match as such does not bring us intrigue, it is expected a very confident victory of Spain, which I think we will not have to wait long. When we don't have control we aren't so good.

The midfielder backed Pique a day later, but said it was inevitable his team mate would face the wrath of some supporters against Albania.




Lopetegui was adamant the suspensions were not planned.

"The cards were the result of the game because there were disputes, and we lost control of the game at some point".

The brilliant 19-year-old scored one and made another to cap a sensational 19-minute burst at the start of this crucial World Cup qualifier to see off a shellshocked Panama team and help the US take a firm step towards next year's finals. "Next to Brazil and Germany, Spain are going to be right there".

The defeat ended Turkey's hopes of qualifying but Iceland moved two points clear at the top of the table heading into the final round of matches - when they face bottom-placed Kosovo - after Croatia could only draw at home to Finland.

"I came to Albania to prepare for the European Championships, but we played a great second half".

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