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Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain win, Italy rescued by Immobile

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Manchester City’s Nolito scored as Spain beat Albania to top Group G in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Premier League players David de Gea, Nacho Monreal and David Silva all featured for Spain in the 2-0 win.

In the same group, Italy needed a 91st-minute winner from Ciro Immobile to come from behind and beat Macedonia.

Lazio striker Immobile earlier equalised for Italy against the team ranked 146th in the world.

Elsewhere in Group G, Israel beat Liechtenstein 2-1 with Brighton striker Tomer Hemed scoring both goals for the hosts.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice, before Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic netted the winner, as Serbia beat Austria 3-2.

Serbia lead Group D ahead of the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

Croatia top Group I after Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic gave them a 1-0 away win against Finland.

Iceland are second following a 2-0 victory over Turkey and in the same group, Ukraine beat Kosovo 3-0.

Line-ups

Albania

  • 1Berisha
  • 4Hysaj
  • 6Djimsiti
  • 15MavrajBooked at 70mins
  • 7AgolliBooked at 45mins
  • 21Roshi
  • 2Lila
  • 14XhakaSubstituted forHykaat 75′minutes
  • 9MemushajSubstituted forBashaat 68′minutes
  • 3LenjaniSubstituted forAlijiat 45′minutes
  • 19Balaj

Substitutes

  • 5Veseli
  • 8Basha
  • 10Cani
  • 11Llullaku
  • 12Shehi
  • 13Kukeli
  • 16Cikalleshi
  • 17Aliji
  • 18Hyka
  • 20Grezda
  • 22Abrashi
  • 23Hoxha

Spain

  • 1de Gea
  • 15RamosSubstituted forIñigo Martínezat 80′minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 18Monreal
  • 5Busquets
  • 10Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 25mins
  • 8Koke
  • 6IniestaSubstituted forIscoat 78′minutes
  • 11Machín PérezSubstituted forNolitoat 60′minutes
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 21Silva

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 4Nacho
  • 7Morata
  • 9Callejón
  • 12Herrera
  • 13Rico
  • 14Sergi
  • 16Iñigo Martínez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Nolito
  • 22Isco
  • 23Reina
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis

Match Stats

Home TeamAlbaniaAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home1
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Albania 0, Spain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Albania 0, Spain 2.

Sergio Busquets (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bekim Balaj (Albania).

Diego Costa (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mergim Mavraj (Albania).

Attempt missed. David Silva (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Nolito (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Berat Djimsiti (Albania).

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Elseid Hysaj.

Isco (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andi Lila (Albania).

Foul by Nolito (Spain).

Mergim Mavraj (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Albania. Andi Lila tries a through ball, but Elseid Hysaj is caught offside.

Iñigo Martínez (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andi Lila (Albania).

Isco (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Migjen Basha (Albania).

Foul by Diego Costa (Spain).

Mergim Mavraj (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Iñigo Martínez replaces Sergio Ramos because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergio Ramos (Spain) because of an injury.

Foul by Isco (Spain).

Migjen Basha (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Isco replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jahmir Hyka.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Jahmir Hyka replaces Taulant Xhaka.

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Spain).

Odise Roshi (Albania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Bekim Balaj (Albania).

Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Spain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

Booking

Mergim Mavraj (Albania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Diego Costa (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mergim Mavraj (Albania).

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Migjen Basha replaces Ledian Memushaj.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Berat Djimsiti.

Foul by Nolito (Spain).

Naser Aliji (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain win, Italy rescued by Immobile

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