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Summary

  1. Isco scores free-kick and then 20-yard drive
  2. Sub Morata adds third as Spain close on World Cup
  3. Buffon wins 170th Italy cap, defender Chiellini injured
  4. Only group winner qualifies automatically for World Cup

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Match report

Spain 3-0 Italy

Isco
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Isco scored twice as a scintillating Spain beat Italy at the Bernabeu to take a huge step towards qualifying for the World Cup from Group G.

The hosts started without a striker, but did not need one with the Real Madrid playmaker curling home a free-kick and then smashing in a second.

Alvaro Morata came on to add a third from Sergio Ramos' cross.

Italy, who trail Spain by three points with a much worse goal difference, are likely to be in the play-offs.

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FULL-TIME

Spain 3-0 Italy

It's all over. The Azzurri suffer a first qualifying defeat in over a decade. Spain are surely going to qualify for the World Cup now.

Spain 3-0 Italy

The Bernabeu is bouncing. Party time for Spain, who look back to their best.

INJURY TIME

Spain 3-0 Italy

Two minutes added on.

SUBSTITUTION

Spain 3-0 Italy

A very popular substitute both ways. Two-goal Isco comes off - at his club's home ground, and David Villa comes on for his 98th cap - his first since 2013-14 when he left for New York City.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Spain 3-0 Italy

Spain think they've got a fourth goal but Alvaro Morata was well offside from David Silva's pass.

Spain 3-0 Italy

David de Gea is able to hold onto a Lorenzo Insigne shot from distance as Italy have a rare effort on target.

Spain 3-0 Italy

Spain are just seeing this one out now. Five minutes to go.

Spain 3-0 Italy

Sergio Ramos, now out on the left for some reason, volleys a shot wide after it lands to him in the box. Both he and Gerard Pique were up in the Italy box. Mavericks.

SUBSTITUTION

Spain 3-0 Italy

Italy make a change now as Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Ciro Immobile.

David Villa gets a fantastic reception as he warms up for Spain. Not sure if he's coming on though.

SUBSTITUTION

Spain 3-0 Italy

Spain make a change, with the game already won. Marco Asensio - who was actually pretty quiet - is replaced by Saul Niguez.

GOAL - Spain 3-0 Italy

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata has only been on the pitch for a few minutes and he seals the game - and probably Spain's World Cup place. Sergio Ramos charges forward down the right (remember he's a veteran centre-back and it's late in this game) and his perfect cross is slammed home by Chelsea striker Morata from close range.

Alvaro Morata celebrates
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Spain 2-0 Italy

This game has made up for that Georgia v Republic of Ireland dross I had to watch earlier. If more qualifiers were like this, people would object to international breaks less.

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DISALLOWED GOAL

Spain 2-0 Italy

Ciro Immobile runs back from an offside position - ie miles offside - the ball lands to him and he thinks 'better kick the ball into the empty net just in case it counts'. It didn't.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Federico Bernardeschi crosses but Spain clear. The hosts break and Alvaro Morata is only denied a run in goal by a good Andrea Barzagli tackle - his former Juventus team-mate.

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Sho Rahman: Remember a couple of years ago when Isco could barely get on the Madrid bench. The turnaround is sensational.

Dave Wood: Wonder if PSG will meet Iscos €700m buyout clause in January?

SUBSTITUTION

Spain 2-0 Italy

Spain scored twice with no proper striker. Well they have one now. Chelsea's Alvaro Morata replaces Andres Iniesta. Iniesta gets a fantastic reception as he comes off. In contract to Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique every time he gets the ball. I guess scoring a winner in a World Cup final will do that.

SUBSTITUTION

Spain 2-0 Italy

On comes 40m euros winger Federico Bernardeschi, who has yet to make his Serie A debut for Juventus following his summer move from Fiorentina. He replaces Andrea Belotti, who only had nine touches of the ball.

It's a double change, as Eder replaces Antonio Candreva.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Brilliant from Spain, who almost put this game to bed. Isco, in sensational form tonight, nutmegs an Italian midfielder and plays an excellent ball through to Dani Carvajal. Only a good stop by Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon denies him a goal.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Antonio Candreva lashes a shot over for Italy. And Azzurri boss Giamiero Ventura is getting a substitute ready.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Good play down the right by Matteo Darmian, who crosses - Ciro Immobile steps over it but Andrea Belotti, behind him and unmarked, wasn't expecting it, and Spain clear.

Spain 2-0 Italy

David Silva breaks into the box but his shot is blocked. And now Koke fizzes one over from 30 yards. If there's one thing Spain have in abundance, it's fantastic attacking midfielders.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Italy have a free-kick as they start to take back control of the game following that Spain flurry. They send some big lads forward. But then play it short. Ridiculous.

Leonardo Bonucci
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Spain 2-0 Italy

Spain's first attack in a while as David Silva shows a good bit of skill on the edge of the box, before playing it through to Koke - who didn't want the ball as he knew he was offside.

The hosts are upping their tempo now and Marco Asensio fires a shot just wide from 25 yards.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Antonio Candreva's cross is deflected for a corner. Italy have been much better in this second half. The corner eventually works its way to Andrea Belotti, who heads over from three yards out - he was under pressure to be fair.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Well, now. Italy should be back in this. Three players all combine to fail to score. David de Gea saves Lorenzo Insigne's effort, with Antonio Candreva's well off target, hitting off Andrea Belotti and into the hands of De Gea.

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Les Davies: It's so sad watching Spain v Italy and realising how awful England were last night.

Sergio Ramos
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Spain 2-0 Italy

No change from either side at half-time, Italy sticking with the 4-4-2 that did not serve them particularly well in the first half.

KICK-OFF

Spain 2-0 Italy

The second half is under way. Italy need something special to come back into this.

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Freddie Caine: A 442 setup and no number 10? This is not Italy...

Spain 2-0 Italy

Isco is the first player to score two goals from outside the box in the same game for Spain since at least 2004.

His opener was his first free-kick goal for Spain in only his second attempt.

Isco
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Colin Reardon: The best of Real & Barca. Mesmeric at times!

HALF-TIME

Spain 2-0 Italy

I was at Italy's 2-0 win over Spain at Euro 2016. The Spanish weren't great then, but this is much more like it today.

As things stand, they are huge favourites to reach the World Cup, with Italy probably going to have to prepare for a play-off.

Spain 2-0 Italy

Some exhibition football from Spain now. Worthy of the Bernabeu. Isco - who plays his club football here for Real Madrid - sprays the ball around midfield. The fans are enjoying this.

GOAL - Spain 2-0 Italy

Isco

Who needs a striker? Spain have looked back to their best today, they've been excellent. Andres Iniesta feeds Isco 25 yards from goal, he steps past two Italy defenders before rifling an effort into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal. Unstoppable. They generally have to be if you're beating Gianluigi Buffon.

Isco
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Spain 1-0 Italy

Jordi Alba kicks the ball out of play. But I can't see who's injured. Oh wait, it's actually him. It looks like there's a problem with his face or eye. Antonio Candreva caught him in the face in an Italy attack a few seconds earlier.

Spain 1-0 Italy

Dani Carvajal almost doubles Spain's lead as he gets the ball on the right side of the box. But he slips as he shoots and it's deflected out for a corner.

Spain 1-0 Italy

Inches. David Silva is in on goal after a defence-splitting Andres Iniesta pass. He's flagged offside. But a replay shows only part of his body was on Italy's half. A let-off for Italy.

Spain 1-0 Italy

Spain are almost in but centre forward David Silva can't quite get onto a through ball. The old floppy haired Silva might have been able to control that...