Spain book spot at 2018 World Cup

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"We have a great relationship, despite our different viewpoints and personalities".

Iceland stayed on the path to becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup after beating Turkey 3-0 in Group I.

Rodrigo Moreno, Isco and Thiago Alcantara scored three goals in 11 minutes to set up a comprehensive win which was topped off with news from Rome that Italy had been held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia, clinching Spain's spot in Russian Federation as Group G winners.

Italy's 1-1 draw with Macedonia means Spain goes into the final round of fixtures on Tuesday (AEST) guaranteed a place in the tournament proper, holding a five-point lead at the top, while Albania's slim hopes of earning a play-off spot are over.

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"Many things have happened but we've taken it day by day, focusing on the best interests of the team", added Lopetegui, who has won eight out of nine competitive games since succeeding Vicente del Bosque as coach in July 2016, his side scoring 35 goals while only conceding three.

Rodrigo spurned an early chance to put Spain ahead as he stabbed wide from Jordi Alba's left-wing cross before Azdren Llullaku forced David De Gea into a routine save at the other end.

"I'm very satisfied with our second half because we changed something, we were scared before that".

The whistles and boos appeared to affect Pique, who picked up a yellow card in the second-half for pulling back an opponent - a booking which rules him out of Spain's final group game away in Israel.

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Albania boss Christian Panucci, who saw his side hit the post during a second-half purple patch, believes Spain have the capacity to go all the way in Russian Federation next year.

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic had leveled on 83 minutes before Schaub's victor, but Serbia can still advance by defeating Georgia in their final qualifier in Belgrade Monday.

The former Italy global said: "Spain are one of the favourites to win the World Cup because they have experienced players".

Pique was first booed by fans at Monday's open training session with Spain.

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