For those of you that love calcio, 2018 World Cup Qualifiers have reached the final stages with only 2 matches left to play in the coming days.
Italy’s group G is pretty much decided and hardly there will be any surprises, with Spain qualifying directly and Italy advancing to the second stage, the play-offs.
The group consists of six teams: Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, and Liechtenstein.
Current standing after 8 games:
1 Spain - 22
2 Italy - 19
3 Albania - 13
4 Israel - 9
5 Macedonia - 7
6 Liechtenstein - 0
Spain is pretty much guaranteed to win the group and qualify directly to the World Cup, unless they stumble in both of the last 2 matches and Italy manages to take advantage of it, but that has very low chances. There’s also the mathematical possibility of Albania getting to 2nd place if Italy loses both of the last 2 matches, but that has even lower chances.
Italy’s last 2 matches are:
- home against Macedonia on Stadio Olimpico (Turin) on 6th October - on RAI 1 from 20:45
- away against Albania on Loro Borici Stadium (Shkoder) on 9th October - on RAI 1 from 20:45
Italy will more than likely advance to the play-offs, where they will meet another team that placed 2nd in their group in a home-and-away tie to determine the team that will finally qualify to 2018 World Cup Russia.