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Spain and Italy Play a Final Thinking about Russia 2018


The Italians need a victory to overcome the Red, because in case of a tie, for the moment, the Spaniards have better goal difference and only the first place of the key gives the direct classification to the World.

Spain faces Italy on Saturday in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, seeking a victory at the Bernabeu stadium to make it a little more of the Group G European qualifiers.

A Reds triumph would allow him to stand out as a solo leader of the key, leaving the Italians in second with three points of disadvantage, as they are now tied for 16 points but with a better goal difference for Roja ( +18 vs. +14).

“We are not able to guess the future, but we do perceive the transcendence of the party, of course, we do not escape, ” said the Spanish coach, Julen Lopetegui, on Friday at a press conference.

Lopetegui is aware that in the absence of four qualifying matches to play, victories against Italy and Tuesday against Liechtenstein, would not ensure, a priori, finish in first place, but would leave in unbeatable conditions to achieve.

Especially if the Italians fall on Tuesday against Israel.

Doubts in attack

La Roja, like the ‘Azurri’, have won all their qualifiers, except the one disputed in October of last year by both teams, who finished with a 1-1 tie after equaling the Spaniards with a penalty practically at the end of the match (82).

Looking ahead to Saturday, the great news in the Spanish team for this meeting has been the return of veteran striker David Villa (35 years), benefited by the absence of Diego Costa, although it is unlikely to start on Saturday.