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Albania - Spain
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 9 October 2016
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FT - Albania 0-2 Spain (Costa 55', Nolito 63'). It's all over and Spain overcome a spirited Albania with second half goals from Diego Costa and Nolito sealing a deserved victory.
...but Silva puts it over the bar.
Naughty tackle by Djimsiti on Nolito, and the Albania defender is very lucky to escape a booking. But Spain have a free-kick in a dangerous area...
Spain just seeing this game out now. Albania still working, but Spain have this game sewn up.
The rain is getting harder and harder here. It's been falling consistently all day here, but it's getting worse.
- OffSergio RamosSpain
- OnIñigo MartínezSpain
Ramos walks off the field and gives David Silva the captain's armband. Probably left as a precaution, but Ramos will be a doubt for Real Madrid on the weekend.
Ramos has gone down off the ball. It looks like he's twisted his knee as he's fallen. This wouldn't be good news for Spain or Real Madrid.
- OffAndrés IniestaSpain
- OffTaulant XhakaAlbania
- OnJahmir HykaAlbania
Spain in complete control now. A third could quite easily be on the cards here.
Ramos leaps high to meet Thiago's free-kick but his header is held well by Berisha.
The mood has gone a little dead inside the stadium. A couple of defensive lapses is all it takes against a world class team like Spain.
- OffLedian MemushajAlbania
- OnMigjen BashaAlbania
You have to say it's poor defending again by Albania. They just haven't matched their first half performance since the break.
GOAL! Albania 0-2 Spain: Nolito scores! The substitute scores a couple of minutes after coming on. He collects Monreal's pass, rides a challenge to get into a shooting position and bends the ball into the bottom corner.
Albania's heads have dropped a little and they certainly look very tired. That strike by Costa could open the floodgates for Spain.
A like-for-like change for Spain.
Silva goes for goal from the edge of the box, and his shot is deflected out for a corner.
That's a pity for Berisha, who had been the best player on the field tonight. Some key saves in the first half, but hat was a bad error.
- GoalDiego CostaSpain
GOAL! Albania 0-1 Spain: Costa scores after a bad mistake by Berisha. The Albania keeper passes it straight to Vitolo, who slides the ball into Silva, who squares to Costa, who simply passes it into the empty net.
Albania just can't get out at the moment. Spain pinning them back and really testing their defensive discipline.
Silva makes some space on the edge of the box and goes for goal, but drags his low shot about a yard wide. He's not happy with himself.
Nothing much has changed since the first half. Spain dominating and making Albania work with plenty of quick, short passes.
- OffErmir LenjaniAlbania
- OnNaser AlijiAlbania
Just the one change at the break, for Albania.
Pique goes close with a header, but Berisha wasn't overly concerned with that.
We're back underway.
- End of 1st Half
HT - Albania 0-0 Spain.
- Yellow cardAnsi AgolliAlbania
Agolli booked for remonstrating with the referee for not giving a foul against Spain. An Albanian player has gone down after clashing heads with Vitolo.
Ramos bursts down the right and clips in a cross. It's stabbed away by Albania as far as Thiago, whose shot is quickly charged down at source. Albania defending superbly well, but how long can they keep this up?
Monreal gallops forward on the overlap to receive Iniesta's pass, but the Arsenal man's cross is cut out.
72% possession for Spain. Surprised it's not higher.
Albania almost pay the price for trying to pass the ball out from defence. It's seized upon by Silva, who feeds Koke on the left, but his cross is claimed well by Berisha.
A flare has gone off, creating a huge amount of smoke behind Berisha's goal. Affecting visibility.
Roshi has been Albania's most dangerous player tonight. Working very hard to get up and down the pitch.
Roshi slices a volley into De Gea's side-netting as Albania offer another glimpse of what they're capable of going forward.
Lovely first-time pass by Koke into the path of Vitolo, who had made a good run, by there was just too much on the pass from Koke. Unlucky.
COSTA CHANCE! Ramos puts in a teasing cross from the right that Costa should head in, but he somehow fails to even make contact. Maybe he was put off by the defender, but that was a big chance.
Another glimpse of Albania's tactic to flood forward in numbers when they're able to counter-attack. This time the Spanish defence is able to diffuse the danger.
Lovely vision by Thiago to spot the run of Koke, but the Albanian defence is again alert to the danger.
Nice Spain move involving Silva and Koke, who has a snap shot from the edge of the area charged down. But he was never going to trouble Berisha from there.
Decent move by Albania, but Roshi's cross from the right is pretty comfortable for the Spanish defence. A reminder that Albania do offer an attacking threat.
- Yellow cardThiagoSpain
A cynical trip by Thiago, who is the first player to go into the book tonight. No arguments there.
Iniesta drives into the box but an over hit return pass by Costa is too strong for the Barcelona man.
Koke forces Spain's first corner of the night. It's a deep one that Pique cannot bring under control.
Intricate play by Spain on the edge of the Albania box, but the move breaks down - only for the Albanian defence to clear it straight back to Spain.
This game has been all about the Albanian goalkeeper so far.
Positive goalkeeping again by Berisha, who confidently claims a dangerous cross into the Albania box.
VITOLO CHANCE! Superb build-up by Spain as Thiago Alcantara lays off David Silva's pass to Vitolo, who bends a good shot towards the bottom corner - but Berisha makes an excellent save low to his left to turn it around the post.
Nice move by Spain, but the final ball to Costa fails to find the Chelsea striker.
Spain still controlling the game, but Albania working very hard to contain them. This Albania side are very disciplined, defensively.
Ramos meets Xhaka with an 'industrial' challenge that is met with jeers around the stadium.
Keeper does well to deny Koke after good play by Costa, but it's saved by Berisha.
A hairy moment for Spain as Albania burst forward on the break, but the move breaks down as they cannot make the final ball count. Spain eventually bring the ball out.
Hysterical cheers every time Albania push forward, but this time they lose the ball as they cross the halfway line.
Pique goes very close with a chest and volley from inside the box, but the referee whistles for handball. Not against Pique, but against a Spanish player in the buil-up.
It's a great ball in by Koke, but Albania deal with the danger well.
Monreal is caught late by Roshi, and Spain have a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left wing...
The pattern of this game already seems clear. Spain will dominate possession, and Albania will have everyone behind the ball.
Albania wasteful with their passing so far. They're failing to keep hold of the ball for longer than a couple of passes.
Atletico Madrid's Koke appears to be playing at right-back tonight. Not the position you'd expect to find one of Europe's finest attacking midfielders.
Spain, in all white tonight, dominating the early stages as you might expect.
After a boisterous rendition of the Albanian national anthem, we're underway.
Quick Spain pep talk.
In contrast, Albania are hoping to qualify for the World Cup for the first time, after debuting at a major tournament at EURO 2016 (eliminated in the group phase). They have started a WC qualifying campaign with two wins for the first time, but haven't beaten Spain in five attempts in competitive games.
Spain are hoping to qualify for their 15th World Cup and their 11th in succession. The last time Spain failed to qualify was in 1974. In fact, Spain are unbeaten in their last 55 World Cup qualifying matches (W42-D13), the longest unbeaten run ever in the competition. Their last defeat was on 31 March 1993, when Denmark won 1-0 at home.
The rain has been falling in the Albanian city of Shkodra for hours. Playing conditions are likely to be tricky at the 15,000-capacity Loro Borici Stadium.
And the home side line up like this:
Spain XI: De Gea; Ramos, Pique, Monreal; Busquets, Koke, Thiago, Iniesta; Silva, Vitolo, Costa.
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