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Spain - Israel
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 25 March 2017
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FULL-TIME: Diego Costa and David Silva are on the score-sheet as Spain extend their amicable home run with a 4-1 victory over a brave but bettered Israel.
Three minutes of added time to play.
GOAL! Substitute Isco restores Spain's three-goal advantage with a well-taken goal as he sends the goalkeeper the wrong way with a clever finish.
Koke is caught in possession in his own half but he's rescued by Ramos who wins the ball back for Spain.
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SPAIN SUB: Vitolo is replaced by Iago Aspas.
CLOSE! Silva times his run perfectly to run onto a through ball as Spain carve open the visitors' defence but he tries to square it to Vitolo but puts too much on his pass and it runs out for a goal-kick.
Into the final 10 minutes and it's all rather flat. Imagine if Israel grabbed a second though. It would really give the hosts something to think about.
Ramos' curls a free-kick towards goal but an Israel player blocks the effort and Spain have a corner which the visitors again defend well.
The goal was a soft one to concede from Spain's point of view and perhaps there was a little complacency slipping into their game.
- GoalLior RefaelovIsrael
GOAL! Israel have a lifeline! Gershon's header smashes against the post and Rafaelov hammers the loose ball into the roof of the net.
The referee Michael Oliver has yet to dip his hand into his pocket this evening. It's been an enjoyable game to watch with few fouls.
The crowd are in awe of substitute Isco as he leaves his marker for dead with a clever piece of skill.
Pique is in the right place at the right time to hack away an Israel cross and the visitors can't force a way through from the subsequent corner.
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SPAIN SUB: A standing ovation for Iniesta as he's replaced by Isco.
Meanwhile, play has been resumed in Italy after a nine minute stoppage. The hosts are currently leading Albania by a goal to nil.
Iniesta plays a clever reverse pass for Alba who curls a cross into the penalty area but Israel do well in defence and the score remains 3-0 to the hosts.
The game has gone rather flat as Spain play keep-ball in defence.
Meanwhile, in Group G's other game being played this evening between Italy and Albania, play has been suspended after some crowd disturbance...
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- OnTomer HemedIsrael
ISRAEL SUB: The visitors are forced to make their third and final change as Brighton's Tomer Hemed replaced the injured Ben Haim.
SPAIN SUB: Julen Lopetegui freshens things up in midfield as he replaces Thiago with Koke.
Israel caused Spain plenty of problems in the first-half but the game has resembled a training exercise for the hosts since the referee signalled for the start of the second period.
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ISRAEL SUB: It's a defensive change and the manager is clearly on a damage limitation exercise now as David Keltjens replaces Einbinder for the remaining half-hour.
Israel are preparing their second change in personnel of the evening...
POST! Spain almost score a classic goal as Costa heads down to Silva who volleys a shot off the woodwork from inside the penalty area.
Wonderful interlink play between Costa and Iniesta but the former's return pass is just too heavy and the goalkeeper smother the ball.
Spain are keeping possession with ease at the moment and the fans are so bored they're doing the Mexican Wave.
Costa looks to the stars in celebration. He has been poor this evening but that goal may just spark him into life.
- GoalDiego CostaSpain
GOAL! Costa makes amends for that earlier miss as he heads in Spain's third from a corner. Dreadful defending and even worse goalkeeping but the Chelsea frontman won't care one bit.
Thiago almost the ball into the back of his net as he blocks Iniesta's cross but his blushes are spared by Dea Gea who gets down to make a good save.
HOW HAS HE MISSED? Costa somehow heads wide from six yards out from Carvajal's cross and that is an absolute sitter. The Chelsea man is not having a good time out there.
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We're underway at the start of the second-half.
Spain are deservedly ahead but Israel have had their chances. David Silva opened the scoring after 13 minutes but Eran Zahavi went close for the visitors and David De Gea pulled off a brilliant save to deny Lior Refaelov before a goalkeeping error allowed Vitolo to double La Roja's advantage.
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HALF-TIME: Spain 2-0 Israel.
GOAL! Spain double their advantage with a rather fortunate goal and it has to go down as a goalkeeping error. Vitolo strikes a rather feeble effort at goal but it trickles through the arms of Marciano and agonisingly over the line.
CHANCE! De Gea makes a good stop to deny Israel a shock equaliser! Refaelov gets across his marker to direct a header at goal but the Man United goalkeeper does brilliantly to parry the ball out for a corner.
Ben Haim is fortunate not to be booked after committing yet another foul.
Five minutes to play until half-time and Spain remain in complete control. David Silva's opener separates the sides at the moment.
A cross is sent to the back post where Vitolo and Carvajal are available in space but the former is first to react and sends the ball wide of the goal with an ambitious effort on the slide. Carvajal was arguably in the better position.
Costa doesn't appear to be on the same wavelength as his team mates at the moment. The forward has struggled to make an impact on the game thus far.
Lovely move from Spain with Silva picking out Costa in the penalty area but the Chelsea man's flick-on is intercepted by an Israel defender.
Ben Haim appears to be fit and OK to continue, by the way.
Israel bravely win the header from the corner delivery and can take a moment to catch their breath.
Alba is available on the wing every time Spain come forward and he's allowed space once more to deliver a ball across the face of goal and Israel are forced to hack it clear for a corner.
Things go for bad to worse as Ben Haim goes down with an injury. Israel may be forced to make their second sub of the evening here...
Busquets' slices a pass but Silva does his absolute best to keep the ball in play and does so successfully. The Man City playmaker is absolutely everywhere at the moment.
Spain haven't played in Gijon since 2013 when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Finland.
Alba delivers a teasing cross into the box where Costa does his best to get onto the end of it but the Chelsea man is blocked off by a defender. Moments later the hosts win a corner...
JUST WIDE! A rare opportunity for the visitors as space opens up for Zahavi to have a shot from 20 yards but his effort is always curling wide. It wasn't far away though.
Israel look to launch a counter-attack but Carvajal is alert to read the danger and makes the interception. Meanwhile, Pique looks to be struggling with that injury he picked up earlier.
WIDE! A swift move from Spain almost brings a second goal as Silva tees up Iniesta but he can't direct his shot on target.
Pique chips a pass into the penalty area for Costa to run onto but Marciano is quick off his line to gather the ball.
STAT: Spain are unbeaten in their 12 last qualifiers games for European Cup and World Cup (11W 1D).
Tawatha is more of a left-back than a centre-back and so Israel may have to make some tactical tweaks in defence.
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ISRAEL SUB: Taleb Tawatha comes on to replace the injured Tibi who goes off on a stretcher.
Tibi looks in some pain after a coming together with Costa and the experienced Israel defender may have to be replaced here. The Chelsea player wasn't at fault, it has to be said. Absolutely nothing malicious in the challenge.
Third-placed Israel came into this game full of hope having lost only one game in Group G but they're being taught a lesson out there at the moment.
Spain, who have had 85% of possession thus far, are well worth their lead.
- GoalDavid SilvaSpain
GOAL! Spain's relentless pressure pays off as Silva puts the hosts ahead to cap a fine team goal. Alba nutmegs the defender with a through ball and the Man City man runs onto it, before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper with a left-footed shot.
Costa makes a clever run behind the Israel defence as Thiago comes forward with possession but the midfielder's threaded through ball is too far ahead of his team mate and Marciano can gather the ball and Israel can catch a breather.
La Roja really seem in the mood this evening.
One-two football from Spain sees Silva released behind the away defence but his cut-back into the penalty area is easily defended by Israel.
Pique is in some pain here as he falls rather awkwardly after an aerial challenge with Tibi. Spanish fans can relax though as the defender seems OK to continue.
Down at the other end and Israel are causing problems of their own as Zahavi bursts through on goal but a last-ditch tackle from Pique saves the hosts.
CROSSBAR! A spectacular strike from Thiago smashes off the woodwork! It was struck really sweetly from 25 yards and the goalkeeper was well beaten.
Delightful stuff from Spain as they switch they play effortlessly to the awaiting Alba on the opposite flank and the full-back forces the corner which ultimately comes to nothing.
Israel record the first shot on target as Zahavi tries his luck from 20 yards but he's never beating De Gea from that kind of range. The visitors have their work cut out tonight, for sure.
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KICK-OFF: Spain get us underway!
FIVE MINUTES UNTIL KICK-OFF: A reminder of this evening's starting line-ups...
Spain: De Gea, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Carvajal, Busquets, Iniesta, Thiago, Vitolo, Diego Costa, Silva.
Israel: Marciano, Dasa, Gershon, Tzedek, Tibi, Natcho, Cohen, Refaelov, Ben Haim, Einbinder, Zahavi.
If Israel are to emerge victorious this evening they'll have to do it without top scorer Tomer Hemed who has been left on the bench. It's their best World Cup campaign since 1994 and they're bidding to make it to the finals for the first time since 1970.
Can Israel pull of a major surprise in Gijón? Elisha Levy's side have won three games and lost only once in their first four and the 'Blue and Whites', as they are known, can play without pressure this evening.
"We know we are facing one of the strongest national teams in the world, but we will go to Spain with the goal of playing positive football," said Levy. "We want to threaten Spain's goal and do all we can to get a good result. We don't want to capitulate against any opponent. This is a big test for us, but we will do our best."
against Spain. They sit just third in the standing in Group G and have won three and lost just one game in their first four. The loss came against Italy.
Spain are protecting an incredible record on home soil having not been beaten in qualification for the tournament since competing in their first tie in 1934.
La Roja currently lead Group G, only ahead of Italy on goal difference. Israel currently lie third, one point behind the two major nations with nine.
One of the more interesting sub-plots to this evening is the fact that Spain have six players who are only one booking away from missing the next game – against Macedonia, on June 11. The following match takes place in September – against Italy. The players in question are Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Busquets, Thiago, Vitolo and Diego Costa.
It’s a night when big things are expected of Diego Costa. The Brazilian-born frontman has scored only four times in 14 games at international level and the 28-year-old simply has to improve on that record if he is to keep a hold of his spot in Julen Lopetegui’s side.
Chelsea's Diego Costa spearheads La Roja's attack but there is no place in the starting line-up for Everton's Deulofeu. There's a slight surprise in midfield where Sevilla's Vitolo starts ahead of Pedro.
ISRAEL: Marciano, Dasa, Gershon, Tzedek, Tibi, Natcho, Cohen, Refaelov, Ben Haim, Einbinder, Zahavi.
Subs: Harush, Kleyman, Twatha, Dor, Keltjens, Bitton, Yeini Micha, Hemed, Shechter, Sahar, Ohana.
SPAIN: De Gea, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Carvajal, Busquets, Iniesta, Thiago, Vitolo, Diego Costa, Silva.
Subs: Rico, Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Nacho, Martinez, Koke, Herrera, Isco, Morata, Pedro, Deulofeu, Aspas.
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Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE text commentary of the UEFA Group G qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup involving Spain and Israel at the Estadio El Molinon in Gijon.