Fans jeer Pique as Spain pick World Cup ticket

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH -

Barcelona de­fender Gerard Pique was jeered by fans as Spain qual­i­fied for next sum­mer’s World Cup with a com­fort­able 3-0 home win over Al­ba­nia.

Pique said be­fore the game he would not be driven out of the na­tional team by fans op­posed to his pub­lic sup­port for the Cat­alo­nia in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

Jeers rang out from Spain fans each time the 30-year-old touched the ball in Ali­cante.

Goals by Ro­drigo, Isco and Thi­ago sent Spain through with one match to spare.

The re­sult means Italy, who drew 1-1 with Mace­do­nia, will have to qual­ify for Rus­sia via the play-offs.

Gerard Pique an­nounces he will re­tire from Spain duty af­ter 2018 World Cup

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