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Gianluigi Buffon backing Italy to overcome Spain in crunch qualifier

Gab Marcotti reflects on Gianluigi Buffon's career and what comes next after reaching 1,000 career matches.

Gianluigi Buffon believes Italy can "achieve something great" when they take on Spain in World Cup qualifying in September.

Buffon, 39, was speaking after making his 1,000th career appearance as Italy defeated Albania 2-0 on Friday.

That victory keeps them level on points at the top of Group G with Spain, though La Roja are ahead on goal difference.

The two sides meet in a crunch clash in Madrid in September, having played out a 1-1 draw in Turin in October, and Buffon is confident ahead of the...

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Spain could have scored more goals against Israel - Julen Lopetegui

Four players got in on the scoring for Spain as they routed a helpless Israel side in World Cup Qualifying.
Julen Lopetegui expresses satisfaction with Diego Costa's form for both Spain and Chelsea after another goal.

Spain could have scored more goals in their 4-1 thrashing of Israel, reckons manager Julen Lopetegui.

David Silva, Vitolo, Diego Costa and Isco all scored to keep Spain atop their World Cup qualifying group at El Molinon.

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And the former Porto coach was pleased with his side's performance, telling reporters after the match: "El Molinon? I'd like all our stadiums to be bursting [with life].

"It creates more of an atmosphere. We must thank the fans who came because they didn't stop supporting...

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Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group

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Four players got in on the scoring for Spain as they routed a helpless Israel side in World Cup Qualifying.
Julen Lopetegui expresses satisfaction with Diego Costa's form for both Spain and Chelsea after another goal.

David Silva helped Spain move a step closer to next year's World Cup finals in Russia with a 4-1 victory over Group G rivals Israel in Gijon.

The Manchester City playmaker scored a 13th-minute opener and inspired his side throughout as they extended their lead at the top of the pool with their fourth win in five games.

Vitolo, Diego Costa and Isco added further goals for the hosts, leaving Israel -- who grabbed a consolation through Lior Refaelov -- to recover for their crucial home clash with Albania...