Isco double against Italy puts Spain on course for World Cup

Soccer: Not sacrificial lambs in Spain

The European giants are clashing swords in their second leg Group G match of the European World Cup qualifiers en route to Russia 2018. Spain and Italy both have the same amount of points as they are seperated by goal differentials.

Isco scores twice as Spain move three points clear at the top of Group G with a 3-0 victory over Italy in their 2018 World Cup qualification fixture.

And he has a habit of making a quick impression, having scored on his LaLiga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish and Uefa Super Cup debuts for Real over the past year.

Although Italy, who had not lost a qualifying tie for a major championships since September 2006, improved for the second half, they lacked a cutting edge in attack.

This match will be telecast in the channels such as ITV 4 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (USA), Startimes World Football (Nigeria), Sportsnet World (Canada), SONY TEN 2 (India).

A 10-minute cameo in a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein last year and two friendlies are his only appearances for Spain's first team but his red-hot start to the season makes him a likely starter on his home turf.

De Rossi, who scored a late penalty in the previous encounter with Spain to claim a share of the spoils, is an experienced campaigner in an Italy squad which has plenty of young talent.

SPAIN (4-3-3): De Gea; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Koke; Isco, Asensio, David Silva. Just like it has been the case through their recent history, Italy rely on their defensive ability to get results, and this team is no different.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco dazzled and dominated, firing home a top-corner free-kick on 13 minutes and bettering that with a precision finish just before the interval. Don't be surprised if Asensio plays a key factor in this match and with La Roja for many years to come.

With 20 minutes left, Iniesta was replaced by Morata and the substitute made an instant impact to end any hopes of an Italian recovery.

"We'll play for the win, aware that we can pull off a little coup". But, the Italy boss has been hit with a late selection issue at the back, with Giorgio Chiellini pulling out of his squad late after sustaining a calf injury in training. After scoring a possible 'goal of the year' contender at the weekend against Sassuolo, the Torino bomber is in fine form heading into Saturday's tilt.

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