Spain clinch World Cup spot, Ice­land on brink

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Spain sealed their place at next year’s Fifa World Cup fi­nals af­ter they stormed to a 3-0 win over Al­ba­nia yes­ter­day. The only down­side for Spain was a shaky per­for­mance from Ger­ard Pique, who was booed by large sec­tions of the Ali­cante crowd ev­ery time he touched the ball, af­ter his sup­port for the pre­vi­ous week’s ref­er­en­dum on Cata­lan in­de­pen­dence. Ice­land moved to the top of Group I with a 3-0 win in Turkey af­ter pre­vi­ous lead­ers Croa­tia were held to a 1-1 draw by Fin­land. Ice­land can be­come the small­est na­tion to reach the World Cup fi­nals if they beat bot­tom-placed Kosovo on Tues­day. Wales and Ire­land both won yes­ter­day and meet on Tues­day in a match which will likely de­cide the Group D run­ner-up. Ire­land must win, with a draw enough for Wales.

Ger­ard Pique was con­stantly booed.

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