Dominant Spain held 1-1 in Italy

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Former world champions Italy and Spain played to 1-1 yesterday, giving a chance for unheralded Albania to take the lead in their Europe qualifying group.Elsewhere, Mario Mandzukic bagged a hat-trick as Croatia beat up Kosovo 6-0, while Wales conceded the lead twice away in Austria in a draw.GROUP GSpain lost to Italy in the round of 16 at the European Championship, and were set for a measure of revenge in Turin yesterday.Spain’s Vitolo scored in the 55th minute following a rare mistake from veteran Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.But Daniele De Rossi converted a penalty with eight minutes remaining after Eder was tripped by Sergio Ramos, and preserved his team’s formidable home record. Italy has won 43 World Cup qualifiers, drawing the other seven.Spain and Italy are level on points in Group G after winning their opening qualifiers. Only the top team qualifies for the 2018 World Cup in Russia automatically.Albania moved to the top after winning in Lichtenstein 2-0 to maintain its perfect start to its qualifying campaign.GROUP IMandzukic proved unstoppable, ruthlessly exploiting Kosovo’s inexperience and scoring his three in the first 35 minutes.After Kosovo earned a credible draw at Finland last month, this was its first competitive home game but played in Albania’s northern city of Shkodra, as Kosovo has no stadium certified by UEFA.Croatia were without star midfielders Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric but had another star available: Mandzukic needed just six minutes to open the scoring off a pass from Andrej Kramaric.Mandzukic met Ivan Perisic’s cross to head home and double the lead, and completed his hat trick with another header 10 minutes before the interval, this time using a cross from Sime Vrsaljko, for his 27th goal in 71 internationals.Iceland rallied in the final minutes to earn their first victory in qualifying, 3-2 over Finland.GROUP DMarko Arnautovic twice came to Austria’s rescue to draw 2-2 with Wales in the group where Wales, Serbia, Austria, and Ireland are separated only on goal difference at the top.Wales took the lead with a slick goal in the 22nd minute, with Joe Allen volleying into the net. It was cancelled out inside six minutes by Stoke teammate Arnautovic’s downward header.last_img read more

Tottenham predicted line-up to face Fulham

first_img 4 4 Can Kane score in August? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Most Popular Premier League News 4 possible standings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops Tottenham encounter Fulham in their first home match of the 2018/19 season.The game will be played at Wembley Stadium, as Spurs’ new home is not yet ready to host the side and won’t be for some time. gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? revealed predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 4 smart causal Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Mauricio Pochettino’s men won their opener at Newcastle 2-1 last week, despite an unconvincing performance.Meanwhile, Fulham were beaten 2-0 at home by Crystal Palace, and will be looking to bounce back at the country’s national stadium. Sissoko is yet to win over the North London supporters Here’s talkSPORT’s predicted line-up: Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware changes The match, which is a 3pm kick off on Saturday, could see a change in the Tottenham midfield as fan frustrations with Moussa Sissoko were fully justified against the Magpies.It is expected Mousa Dembele will now return to Spurs’ starting XI after his late return from the World Cup prevented him from doing so last week. Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are also back in contention, according to Mauricio Pochettino. Some have speculated that Mauricio Pochettino may return to a back three against Fulham, bringing in Toby Alderweireld to start while also swapping Ben Davies and Serge Aurier for Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.However, it seems unlikely that the Argentinian will change the side’s shape so drastically so soon.It must be said that if Trippier is fit enough, he could take Aurier’s position regardless. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It is unclear how Mauricio Pochettino will set up his defence against Fulhamlast_img read more