Catalonia cloud lingers as Spain shine on road to Russian Federation

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Spain have taken 25 points and scored a remarkable 35 goals from their nine Group G games, only dropping points in their 1-1 draw away to Italy previous year, and travel to Israel for their final qualifier on Monday with their place in Russian Federation assured.

"We thought it was a good idea for Pique to speak in the news conference, defuse the situation and it came out naturally", Lopetegui told Onda Cero.

Per Adriana Garcia of ESPN FC, Pique's stance on the Catalan independence referendum has long made him unpopular with fans of the national team and even more so in the wake of the recent violence. Italy is on second position after drawing with Macedonia 1-1.

"Now is the time to focus on positive things, in football and in the country on the whole", Spanish manager Julen Lopetegui told reporters after a classy performance which cemented the team's reputation as one of the favourites for 2018. "But we have to think about the team".

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"We did our part and with the Italy result it ended up being enough".

Alacntara has featured seven times for Bayern in all competitions this season, scoring once in the 3-0 Champions League victory over Anderlecht.

Nemanja Matic appeared to salvage a point for Serbia after the ball fell to his feet and the Man United player scored from six yards out in the 83rd minute. Tom Lawrence scored for the Welsh side with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey the provider. Despite this, Albanian team for today after 8 rounds in the current qualifying cycle, earned 13 points with a goal difference of 10: 9 and takes 3rd place in the standings.

The Irish brushed Moldova aside 2-0 in Dublin through a first-half brace from Daryl Murphy and now face Wales at home in a final-round showdown with first place in the group still in play. We have a huge test on Monday night against the Republic of Ireland. We ask for there to be a good atmosphere and for the fans to enjoy the game. This will be the first World Cup hosted by an European nation since the year 2006.

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