Spain hit eight, Italy and Wales star, Kosovo begin well

Spain scored seven second-half goals against Liechtenstein as they, Italy, Wales and Austria started their campaigns with wins while Kosovo drew their debut match in Finland.

David Silva (third right) celebrates putting Spain 8-0 up
David Silva (third right) celebrates putting Spain 8-0 up ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Spain hit eight against Liechtenstein while Italy win with ten men in Israel
  • Gareth Bale scores twice in Wales victory and Austria prevail in Georgia
  • Kosovo draw competitive debut in Finland with all three Group I games ending 1-1
  • Ireland salvage draw in Serbia while Albania beat FYR Macedonia in weather-interrupted game
  • All the results so far
  • Next games in this group: Thursday 6 October
  • Tuesday's qualifiers: what to watch out for

Group D
Georgia 1-2 Austria
Austria withstood a late Georgia comeback to take all three points. Martin Hinteregger headed in David Alaba's 16th-minute free-kick to put the visitors in front and Marc Janko added a second just before half-time. Valeri Kaziashvili struck the post for Georgia before Jano Ananidze's spectacular long-range drive made it a nervous last 12 minutes for Austria.

Wales 4-0 Moldova
The UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finalists aim to end a 60-year absence from the FIFA World Cup finals and made a great start. Gareth Bales' cross was nodded in by Sam Vokes before Joe Allen claimed his first international goal from distance to make it 2-0 at half-time. Bale himself grabbed the third after pouncing on a Moldova back pass and subsequently converted a late penalty.

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Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland
In a stormy Belgrade, Jeff Hendrick's deflected shot gave Ireland a third-minute lead. Filip Kostić levelled just past the hour and seven minutes later he was fouled in the box and Dušan Tadić fired home the penalty. However, nine minutes from time Daryl Murphy headed in Robbie Brady's corner to ensure Ireland took a point.

Group G
Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein

Spain led only 1-0 at half-time through Diego Costa but a burst of four goals between the 55th and 66th minutes put them on the road to a comfortable win. Sergi Roberto's effort was added to by David Silva, who immediately made the next one by setting up Vitolo. Costa then had his second of the night – having struck just once in his previous ten appearances. Álvaro Morata replaced Costa and promptly found the target in the 82nd and 83rd minutes before Silva plundered his second.

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Israel 1-2 Italy
Like Austria, Italy were relieved to hold on having led 2-0 in the first half. Graziano Pellè scored on 14 minutes from Luca Antonelli's low cross and Antonio Candreva doubled the advantage from the spot just past the half-hour. But Tal Ben Chaim's superb curled chip cut the deficit shortly afterwards, and Italy and Gianluigi Buffon were severly tested after Giorgio Chiellini's 55th-minute red card for a second bookable offence. Still, Italy are now unbeaten in 51 qualifiers spanning more than a decade.

Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
Substitute Bekim Balaj scored an 89th-minute winner in a game that was not completed until Tuesday. Monday's iteration had been abandoned on 76 minutes at 1-1 due to adverse weather conditions. Armando Sadiku's early goal for Albania had been cancelled out in the 51st minute by Egzijan Alioski.

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Group I
Finland 1-1 Kosovo
Kosovo registered a point from their first competitive international at any level and even had the chances to clinch victory in Turku. In a bright Kosovo start, Leart Paqarada hit the bar from distance, yet Finland broke through when Paulus Arajuuri applied the finish to an 18th-minute corner. However, former Norwegian international Valon Berisha – one of several players only cleared to change nationality on the day of the game – bagged the historic Kosovo goal with a penalty on the hour.

Croatia 1-1 Turkey
Turkey gained a small measure of revenge for their UEFA EURO 2016 loss to Croatia as they came away from Zagreb with a point. Both Mario Mandžukić and Marko Pjaca struck the woodwork twice in the first half before Ivan Rakitić secured Croatia a deserved advantage by converting a 44th-minute penalty after İsmail Köybaşı had fouled Luka Modrić. But with the last kick of the first half Hakan Çalhanoğlu equalised via a deflected free-kick, and the points were shared.

Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
It was a clean sweep of 1-1 draws in Group I though this time due to a missed spot kick. With both sides having appointed new coaches since UEFA EURO 2016, it was the surprise quarter-finalists, now under the sole command of Heimir Hallgrímsson, who scored first when Birkir Bjarnason teed up Alfred Finnbogason for the sixth-minute Iceland opener. Andriy Yarmolenko pounced on a rebound to equalise just before the interval, but there was to be no opening win for Andriy Shevchenko as Yevhen Konopylanka hit only the post with his 83rd-minute penalty.

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