Spain move closer to 2018 World Cup qualification after 8-0 win

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored twice as Spain’s march towards 2018 World Cup qualification continued with an 8-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein¬†on Tuesday.

Liechtenstein’s fate was sealed from the moment Sergio Ramos headed in a second-minute opener, and Morata doubled the lead before pouncing on an error from the hosts’ goalkeeper Peter Jehle to tee up Isco for the third.

Half-time substitute Aspas then scored twice either side of setting up a second for Morata and Gerard Deulofeu forced a late own goal as Spain, who scored eight away from home for the first time, mathematically guaranteed at least a top-two finish in the pool.

With the job well and truly done, Spain eased off the gas but had time to add yet more gloss a minute from time when Deulofeu’s low centre struck the boot of Maximilian Goppel and diverted past a diving, wrong-footed Jehle.

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