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Soccer - Spain crush Liechtenstein to close in on World Cup spot
September 5, 2017 / 10:18 PM / 16 days ago

Soccer - Spain crush Liechtenstein to close in on World Cup spot

(Reuters) - Spain hammered Liechtenstein 8-0 as Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas both struck twice to maintain their country’s lead over Italy at the top of World Cup qualifying Group G on Tuesday.

The victory in Vaduz took Spain to 22 points from eight games, three ahead of the Italians who beat Israel 1-0 in Tel Aviv thanks to Ciro Immobile’s second-half strike.

Julen Lopetegui’s Spain side scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to ensure the rest of the game was a formality against the overwhelmed hosts.

Spain beat Liechtenstein by the same score in Lopetegui’s first match in charge last year, and this was another example of the verve and style he has his team playing with.

Editing by Ken Ferris

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