Pique Jeered During Spain Game

Pique Jeered During Spain Game

For Spain, Rodrigo scored the first goal in the 16 minute, followed by Isco in 23 minutes.

With a little help from Italy, who endured a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Macedonia, Spain made certain that they would top the World Cup European Qualification Group G with a game to spare.

Barcelona's Gerrard Pique received a mixed response in the stadium as he made his 92nd worldwide appearance just after casting his vote in a referendum on Catalan independence, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish govt. Pique is being supported by his side, but has been on the receiving end of boos throughout the week.

Much of the talk coming into the match was about Pique and last weekend's events in Catalonia, and Lopetegui hailed the fans who cheered the Barca man upon coming off in the 60th minute.

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Spain's Isco celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates on Friday. "We are delighted and proud of what we have achieved because it's very important for Spain".

Pique and David Silva both received yellow cards and will miss Spain's final qualifier next week.

The brilliant 19-year-old scored one and made another to cap a sensational 19-minute burst at the start of this crucial World Cup qualifier to see off a shellshocked Panama team and help the USA take a firm step towards next year's finals.

The defeat ended Turkey's hopes of qualifying but Iceland moved two points clear at the top of the table heading into the final round of matches - when they face bottom-placed Kosovo - after Croatia could only draw at home to Finland. Spain's quality in the first half-hour was much better than ours.

"We played a very good half hour, but then I was unhappy as we lost control", he told TVE. "We created four or five opportunities, which against Spain isn't easy".

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