Spain outclass Albania 3-0 to seal 2018 FIFA World Cup berth

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Spanish media reported that Ramos admonished Pique when the Spain team met up on Monday although Pique said any talk of ill-feeling with his teammate was untrue, adding that he gets on "phenomenally well" with Ramos and is working on a business project with the Real Madrid defender.

2010 World Cup champions, Spain, have qualified for the 2018 edition of the Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament in Russia after thrashing Albania 3-0 at Alicante on Friday night. The upcoming match as such does not bring us intrigue, it is expected a very confident victory of Spain, which I think we will not have to wait long.

Pique, a vocal supporter of Catalan independence, voted in the violence-hit election that been declared illegal by the Spanish government, and then later offered to quit La Roja if his presence became a problem. "There are many more things that unite us than separate us in this country. We have to turn the page with the Pique situation and it's time to focus on the game".

Lopetegui is confident that Spain fans will stand by the team at the Jose Rico Perez stadium.

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The other six teams to ensure they'll be in the World Cup are Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea from Asia, Mexico from the North American qualifiers and Brazil from the South American group.

Gerard Pique was jeered in Alicante on Friday, as he routinely is on Spain duty, for his outspoken defence of Catalonia's right to self-determination, although he has never publicly backed independence. "In order to play a good game, we need the fans cheering us on". "We are delighted and proud of what we have achieved because it's very important for Spain". We beat them 2-0 a year ago but we played a great game and it was challenging.

Ramos had previously suggested that it was not the best idea for to tweet about the referendum as he was likely to be whistled during Spain national team matches.

Albania wanted a penalty after a cross appeared to make contact with Jordi Alba's arm, and Arlind Ajeti threatened with a header that narrowly went wide.

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