Is­rael gain pre­cious win against nine-man Al­ba­nia

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Poland Mon­tene­gro Den­mark Ro­ma­nia Ar­me­nia Kaza­khstan 4 3 1 0 10 5 10 4211947 4202756 4121645 4 1 0 3 4 10 3 4 0 2 2 3 11 2 Is­rael kept the pace with favourites Spain and Italy in Group G yes­ter­day, thanks to a pre­cious vic­tory against nine­man Al­ba­nia in Ti­rana.

As ex­pected Spain and Italy ob­tained the three points at stake to re­main on top of the group with ten points, Spain beat­ing Mace­do­nia at home, and Italy eas­ily dis­pos­ing of lit­tle Liecht­en­stein in Vaduz.

In Ti­rana Is­rael had a good start tak­ing the lead on seven­teen min­utes thanks to a penalty scored by Eran Za­havi.

It was a dou­ble blow for Al­ba­nia who had Berat Djim­siti sent off in the penalty ac­tion.

Early in the sec­ond half Al­ba­nia were re­duced to nine men when Etrit Ber­siha was also sent off.

Is­rael put their minds at rest on 66 min­utes thanks to a Daniel Ein­binder goal, with Eli­ran Atar addind a third goal six min­utes from time.

Spain eas­ily dis­posed of Mace­do­nia with a 4-0 vic­tory that keeps them in top spot with a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence from ri­vals Italy.

Spain found the go­ing hard in the first half and could only Eng­land Slove­nia Slo­vakia Lithua­nia Scot­land Malta 4 3 1 0 6 0 10 4220428 4202726 4121575 4 1 1 2 6 8 4 4 0 0 4 1 10 0 score through from Velkovski. an own goal

P W D L F A Pts Spain 4 3 1 0 15 1 10 Italy 4 3 1 0 11 4 10 Is­rael 4301859 Al­ba­nia 4202466 FYR Mace­do­nia 4 0 0 4 4 11 0 Liecht­en­stein 4 0 0 4 1 16 0 How­ever the Spainards added three fur­ther goals af­ter Bel­gium Greece Bos­nia Es­to­nia Cyprus Gi­bral­tar 3 3 0 0 13 0 9 3300819 3201746 3102473 3 0 0 3 0 7 0 3 0 0 3 1 14 0 the break with Vi­tolo mak­ing it two on 63 min­utes. Croa­tia Ukraine Ice­land Turkey Fin­land Kosovo P W D L F A Pts 4 3 1 0 10 1 10 4220738 4211657 4121555 4 0 1 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 3 1 12 1

Two late goals from Na­cho and Aduriz gave the Spa­niards another mas­sive vic­tory.

In Vaduz Italy could only score four times against mod­est Liecht­en­stein, with all goals of the Az­zurri com­ing in the first fourty five min­utes.

An­drea Belotti opened the score on eleven min­utes fol­low­ing a Ro­mag­noli header and sixty sec­onds later Ciro Im­mo­bile dou­bled the score.

Can­dreva and Belotti added fur­ther goals be­fore the break. In the sec­ond half Italy con­tin­ued to at­tack in search of fur­ther goals, but could not get past Liecht­en­stein’s stub­born de­fence.

In Group I Ukraine de­feated Fin­land 1-0 thanks to a an Artem Kravets goal on 24 min­utes.

The vic­tory lifts Ukraine to sec­ond place be­hind lead­ers Croa­tia and above Ice­land.

In Group D Ser­bia ob­tained a late draw to snatch a point against Wales.

Gareth Bale gave Wales the lead on the half hour, but four min­utes from time Ser­bia ob­tained a valu­able point thanks to Mitro­vic goal.

An­drea Belotti cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the opener for Italy

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