What a performance from Spain. They will likely finish top of their group now, securing their passage to the 2018 World Cup. More than that, though, they have laid down a marker. This was supremely impressive from them. It finished 3-0, but it could feasibly have been 5-0 or 6-0.
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Spain - Italy
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 2 September 2017
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Spain 3-0 Italy
Just two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- OnDavid VillaSpain
Here comes Villa, with Isco getting a massive standing ovation as he comes off.
MORATA GOAL IS CHALKED OFF! The ball into the Italy penalty area was superb from Silva, with Morata heading home, but the Chelsea striker was flagged for offside. Close one.
INSIGNE STRIKE! Well, that was some effort from the Italian midfielder, but De Gea was alert to it, making the diving save and holding on to the ball in the process as wel.
Looks like Villa will be getting a few minutes at the end of this match. The New York City FC striker has been called back to the bench. The Bernabeu crowd has noticed.
Spain are now toying with Italy. The Azzurri just cannot get close to them, with the hosts pinging the passes around. This has been quite a humbling for the visitors to the Bernabeu.
Of course, as we mentioned earlier this evening, these two teams were unbeaten in their group heading into this game. This result will almost certainly decide who finishes top.
- OffCiro ImmobileItaly
- OnManolo GabbiadiniItaly
Italy make a change but it doesn't really matter at this point. They just want the final whistle.
RAMOS LASHES OVER! Pique and Ramos are the two furthest forward players as the ball comes bouncing into the Italy box, but the latter lashes his shot high and wide of the goal.
- OffMarco AsensioSpain
- OnSaúl ÑíguezSpain
Asensio comes off and the home fans give him the sort of ovation the youngster is getting used to.
Villa goes for a run down the touchline to warm up and the Bernabeu chants his name. Will they get to see the veteran striker on the pitch in a Spain shirt one last time? Will he get on?
This has been incredible from Spain. They have been in control from start to finish and the scoreline now reflects that. This has been a real demonstration of strength from the hosts.
- GoalÁlvaro MorataSpain
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Spain 3 (76 mins - Alvaro Morata) Italy 0. And that will be that. Ramos surges down the right hand side, sending a low cross to the back post where Morata was on hand to finish with ease. This has been some display from Spain.
So Spain finally have a recognised striker on the pitch. Not that it held them back before. They coped rather well playing Asensio as a false nine. Now, Morata will give them a focal point.
- OffAndrés IniestaSpain
- OnÁlvaro MorataSpain
There's the first change from Spain and Iniesta comes off to be replaced by Chelsea striker Morata.
- OffAntonio CandrevaItaly
- OnFederico BernardeschiItaly
The second change sees Bernardeschi come on for Italy. Will that change the way they play?
- OffAndrea BelottiItaly
Double change for Italy coming up. First, it's Eder who comes on for the away side.
BIG SAVE FROM BUFFON! Wonderful play from Isco in the middle of the pitch sees him surge towards goal and set up Carvajal for the shot, but Buffon comes off his line to smother.
De Rossi and Verratti have both been booked for Italy, and that's dangerous given how they are the lynchpins of their midfield. They are being overrun. There will be more fouls.
There's a booking for De Rossi as he stretches too far and catches a Spain player in the tackle.
The tempo and pace has been sucked from this game in the second half. That will suit Spain just fine. They are 2-0 up and will be quite content with seeing out the game at this scoreline.
And still there are no changes from Ventura. Italy simply don't have the bodies in the centre of the pitch. They are being overrun, but there is no movement on the bench of the visitors.
A good passing move results in Silva taking the shot from inside the box, but there wasn't any space for him to get it through the Italian defence and the block is made.
There's nothing in this performance at the start of the second half that suggests Italy will have enough about them to turn this game around. Spain are in complete control here.
Asensio has been slightly quieter in this second half. But as we have seen from the youngster before, he can burst into life at any moment. He has the quality to change a game instantly.
It's in the centre of the pitch where Italy have been completely dominated. Spain have controlled the midfield and Ventura still hasn't made a change to address that in any way.
Italy are spraying the passes around, but Spain are sitting off them and allowing them to do it. They have a 2-0 lead and are now drawing Italy out to get in behind them again.
Spain mustn't allow Italy back into the game, and there's little sign that they are going to do that. Ventura must surely be thinking about some changes to his team, though.
That was a missed opportunity for Spain. They had the ball on the edge of the box, but Silva played it to Koke, who realised he was offside and left it rather than the flag going up.
Italy need to make the most of their opportunities from set pieces. This time it's Belotti who heads towards goal at the back post, but the angle was tight and he could only head over.
I get the feeling that Ventura will get slaughtered by the Italian press if this game doesn't turn around. His formation hasn't worked and he hasn't shown any wilingness to change it up.
Spain have started this second half as they ended the first - on top. I'm surprised than Ventura hasn't changed things up. The 4-2-4 system simply isn't working for them right now.
CHANCE FOR ITALY! Insigne strikes a low shot towards goal as Italy come forward on the counter attack, then Candreva drags his effort allowing De Gea to make a more comfortable save.
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- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at the Bernabeu! Spain have a 2-0 lead over Italy.
HALF TIME: Spain 2-0 Italy. The hosts are two goals to the good and cruising. Italy need a complete rethink at the break. Their 4-2-4 system hasn't worked. Spain have had it all their own way.
Italy simply afforded Isco far too much space in the middle of the pitch. The Real Madrid playmaker had the time to take a touch, set himself and fire a shot away at goal, all unchallenged.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Spain 2 (40 mins - Isco) Italy 0. Another incredible goal! Isco receives the ball about 20 yards out, takes a step to the right and angles a low shot into the back off the net via the post. He has made this game his own.
This Spanish team looks full of ideas in the final third. They might be playing with a recognised striker on the pitch, but that hasn't looked to have hindered them in any way so far.
CARVAJAL JUST WIDE! Great effort by the Spanish right back, who lashes a shot across goal, but a deflection off an Italian player takes it wide of the far post. Very nice idea.
Asensio wriggles past one, then two, but takes on a little bit too much and Chiellini makes the tackle. The Real Madrid youngster is playing with so much confidence at the moment.
THAT WAS CLOSE! Spain were very nearly in for a second goal there! Iniesta split the Italian defence with an exceptional pass for Silva, but the ball was ever so slightly long.
Buffon almost makes another mistake! The Italian goalkeeper is being pressed high every time he gets the ball. His defence aren't doing him any favours. He's having to launch it long every time.
Italy have plenty of attacking quality, but so far they have relied on long balls over the top and passes into the channels. They aren't the best at making the ball stick on the edge of the box.
Spain get caught out, with a long ball played over the top for Belotti to chase. He seemed to be clear through on goal with Pique chasing, but the flag was raised for offside. Not sure about that call.
Some of the passing has been really slack from Italy in this first half. Part of this is down to the pressure being applied by Spain, but they are still capable of better. Much better.
All of a sudden this game has opened up. Italy are making progress down the right wing, slinging crosses into the area. Not sure that tactic will work when they have to beat Ramos and Pique in the air.
PIQUE CHANCE! The cross from Koke from the right wing was a dangerous one, with the Barcelona defender getting on the end of it, but he couldn't climb high enough and headed over.
DE ROSSI HEADER! The Italy midfielder gets on the end of a cross into the penalty area, but Spain survive, with the header flashing over the bar. The visitors are finally making a fight of this.
This is better from Italy, with the away side starting to keep possession in the opposition half, but De Gea makes the save from Belotti. That was Italy's first attempt on goal so far.
Darmian plays the cross into the penalty area from the left wing, but it drifts long and out for a goal kick. Italy ae having trouble getting service to Immobile in the final third. Toothless.
While the shot from Isco was sensational, some are criticising the reaction of Buffon to the freekick. It's true that the Italian goalkeeping legend might have moved his feet quicker.
So will that goal force Italy to come out and actually play some football? Their defence has been the basis of their campaign under Ventura, but that has been breached already here.
Sensational strike from Isco. He has really come into his own over the past year or so. He has become a key figure for Real Madrid in that time and he is becoming the same for Spain.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Spain 1 (13 mins - Isco) Italy 0. What a strike! Spain have the lead and they deserve i having dominated the opening exchanges of this match. Isco took the freekick on the edge of the box and curled his effort over the wall and into the back of the net.
There's another booking, with Bonucci shown a yellow for bringing down Asensio on the edge of the box.
This has been a strong start to the match by Spain. They are the ones dictating the play in the opening 10 minutes of the match. Italy are having to dig deep to keep them out.
RAMOS STRIKE! Spain win the freekick on the edge of the box, with the home crowd chanting for Asensio to take it. But Ramos steps up and sends his shot over the crossbar.
Instead, it looks like Asensio will be the one who plays as the furthest forward in this Spain team. The Real Madrid youngster has enjoyed a lightning start to the season. Great talent.
Spain are playing without an orthodox number nine this evening. Of course, Costa hasn't even trained with Chelsea this season and Morata has been left on the bench by Lopetegui.
- Yellow cardMarco VerrattiItaly
There's the first booking of the game, and it's an early one. Verratti is shown a yellow for a challenge on Busquets.
Some pre-match shots...
This is a big one. Both these teams are unbeaten in their group and so whoever wins this one will likely finish top, sending the other into the play-offs to make it to the World Cup.
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The match is under way! It's Spain against Italy in World Cup qualification.
TEAM NEWS: Spain - De Gea, Carvajal, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Isco, Asensio, Silva. /// Italy - Buffon, Darmian, Barzagli, Bonucci, Spinazzola, Candreva, De Rossi, Verratti, Insigne, Belotti, Immobile.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Where is this Spain side at the moment? Are Italy on the way back up again? Tweet me!
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