International Roundup: Italy & Spain Earn Vital Wins While Wales Stumble in Sunday's WC Qualifiers

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

So there's still a fair bit of football to be had this summer, with International action of the World Cup-qualifying variety kicking off in several locations around Europe on Sunday - scroll below for a quick round-up of what took place...


Serbia 1-1 Wales: Aaron Ramsey put Wales ahead with a cheeky Panenka penalty, which is quite amazing as it was in the same stadium that birthed the original Panenka in 1976. 

But Aleksandar Mitrovic evened things up with his left foot 17 minutes from time to earn Serbia a deserved draw.

Italy's forward Andrea Belotti (3rd-L) celebrates after scoring with his teammates during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Liechtenstein at the Dacia Arena Stadium in Udine, on June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
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​Italy 5-0 Liechtenstein: The Italians destroyed Liechtenstein, with Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Belotti, Eder, Federico Bernardeschi and Manolo Gabbiadini all getting on the score sheet to produce a 5-0 result, Italy's first five-goal haul in the last seven years.

Macedonia 1-2 Spain: David Silva and potential Chelsea outcast Diego Costa gave Spain a 2-0 lead before halftime. But they could not keep the clean sheet as Stefan Ristovski would cut the deficit in half come the 66th minute.


Here are the rest of the results:

             Full Results Table

​Moldova ​2-2 Georgia​
​Rep. of Ireland 1-1​ ​Austria
​Finland ​1-2 ​Ukraine
​Serbia ​1-1 ​Wales
​Israel ​0-3 ​Albania
​Italy ​5-0 ​Liechtenstein
​Macedonia  ​1-2 ​Spain
​Iceland ​1-0 ​Croatia
​Kosovo ​1-4 ​Turkey


Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter @KavanFlavius.


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