UEFA World Cup qualifying wrap: Serbia nets late to cancel Bale tally

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Wales, Italy and Spain all picked up important victories on Saturday as UEFA World Cup qualifying continued throughout Europe.

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Wales 1-1 Serbia

Gareth Bale blasted the hosts into the lead on a half hour played, and from there it was enough for Wales to hold off Serbia. The Real Madrid attacker received the ball at the top of the box in the 30th minute, before blasting a shot into the net to give Wales the advantage. However, Aleksandar Mitrovic spoiled the party for the home side with five minutes remaining to keep Serbia in second place in D, while Wales holds third.

Liechtenstein 0-4 Italy

Italy had a field day on Saturday as the Azzurri asserted themselves in the opening 45 minutes and simply cruised from that point forward. A first-half brace for Andrea Belotti and tallies from Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva gave the Italians a 4-0 lead going into halftime, and from there the visitors held onto the victory.

Spain 4-0 Macedonia

It took a little while to get the Spanish going against one of Group G’s weakest sides, but the second half definitely woke up the hosts. Spain took a first-half lead in the 34th minute when Darko Velkovski netted an own goal. Vitolo, Nacho Monreal and Aritz Aduriz then took over in the second stanza to provide the Group G leaders with another important three points.



Ukraine 1-0 Finland
Albania 0-3 Israel