Illarramendi strike sees Spain finish World Cup Qualifying unbeaten

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Illarramendi (left) celebrating with Nacho (middle) and Callejon (right)

ASIER ILLARRAMENDI’S second half stunner saw Spain complete their World Cup Qualifying group unbeaten last night as they laboured to a 1-0 victory over Israel.

Julen Lopetegui made 10 changes to the side that secured a 3-0 win over Albania last Friday and La Roja were unable to produce their usual free-flowing football, but did produce a moment of magic through Illaramendi to settle the tie.

The Real Sociedad star smashed a right footed half-volley into the top corner from 25 yards out to make sure the 2010 World Champions finished their group with nine wins out of 10.

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Spain, who had already secured World Cup Qualification with the win over Albania, had the best chance of the first half when Jonathan Vieira played a lovely through-ball to Pedro, but the Chelsea forward could only produce a save from the Israeli ‘Keeper.

Iago Aspas, Marco Asensio and Jonathan Vieira all went close after the break but the game seemed destined for a stalemate before the defining moment from the former Real Madrid player in the 76th minute. 

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