Spain through to World Cup; Serbia pushed out

Spain through to World Cup; Serbia pushed out

Pique was jeered by fans following his public support for the right of the Catalonians to vote over independence in the wake of the controversial referendum in the region.

"It has been a hard, complicated week and fortunately we managed to do that in a very, very good first 30 minutes", Spanish coach was quoted as saying by Spanish TV channel Teledeporte.

But Spain only secured their qualification when Macedonia's Aleksandar Trajkovski cancelled out Giorgio Chiellini's opener for Italy and condemned the Azzuri to the playoffs.

The result was never in doubt after Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago all scored during a devastating opening 30 minutes from the Spanish, who will now look to complete their group campaign unbeaten when they go to Israel on Monday.

The midfielder backed Pique a day later, but said it was inevitable his team mate would face the wrath of some supporters against Albania.

However, while airing his belief that sport and politics shouldn't mix, Ramos hopes the country can now come together to cheer on the national team, as they bid to maintain top spot in Group G and secure a place in Russian Federation next year.




Brazil, Spain, Germany, England, Belgium, Mexico, Iran, South Korea and Saudi Arabia have all booked their place in Russian Federation for next summer's showdown. I want to thank all my players who took part in qualifying, all those who have come and helped us.

The former Italy global said: "Spain are one of the favourites to win the World Cup because they have experienced players".

"You can see their quality".

Albania's hopes to qualify have faded.

The political instability had little effect on the rest of the Spain side in Alicante, however, as they crushed their opponents with a terrific first half display characterized by short, slick passing moves and clinical finishing.

"We played a very good half hour, but then I was unhappy as we lost control", he told TVE.

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