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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Georgia hold Wales to draw in Cardiff as Spain and Italy win


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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Georgia hold Wales to draw in Cardiff as Spain and Italy win

Wales were held to a 1-1 draw with Georgia in their World Cup Group D qualifier in Cardiff on Sunday.

Gareth Bale notched up his 25th goal for his country, but Georgia fought back strongly and earned a deserved draw courtesy of Tornike Okriashvili.

Wales – the surprise Euro 2016 semi finalists – are now on five points and trail by two points both Serbia and Ireland who picked up respective wins over Austria and Moldova.

2010 world cup champions Spain lifted themselves to the top of Group G on seven points after posting a 2-0 win over Albania in Shkoder.

It took 55 minutes to break the deadlock courtesy of Diego Costa while Nolito put the game to bed just after the hour mark.

Spain are joined on seven points by Italy, who came from behind to beat Macedonia.

In the other Group G match Israel defeated Liechtenstein 2-1 and afre one point adrift of the leaders.

Mario Mandzukic continued his fine scoring form as his goal helped Croatia beat Finland in Group I.

Mandzukic, who hit a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 thumping of Kosovo, struck in the 18th minute to leave his country with seven points from their three games so far.

They top the group on goal difference from Iceland who beat Turkey 2-0. Ukraine brushed aside Kosovo 3-0 and are third in the group two points off the pace.

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