Spain book 15th World Cup appearance

Spain have won eight of their nine qualifiers to book a place in next year's World Cup finals

Spain have sealed their World Cup ticket while Iceland took a giant step towards qualification and Wales and Ireland set up a showdown in the battle for a Russia 2018 place.

With Spain, Belgium, England, Germany and the host nation already qualified, nine European slots remain. They will come from another five group winners and four play-off ties.

Spain, the 2010 world champions, rolled Albania 3-0 to secure top spot in Group G.

The Spaniards were ruthless in the first half with Rodrigo Moreno marking his maiden start with a 16th minute goal, Isco doubling the lead on 23 minutes and Thiago Alcantara adding a third just minutes later.

"We are feeling very happy because we've achieved an objective that was really important for Spanish football," Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said.

"It was very tough but we have done it while playing brilliant football."

The only downside for Spain was a shaky performance from Gerard Pique, who was booed by large sections of the Alicante crowd every time he touched the ball, after his support for Sunday's referendum on Catalan independence.

The Barcelona defender was substituted after an hour.

"Now is the time to focus on positive things, in football and in the country on the whole," Lopetegui said.

"Sport can lead the way in how we should be as a country and you have to celebrate the good things."

Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the qualifying playoffs after a shock 1-1 draw with Macedonia.

The lacklustre performance resulted in the Azzurri being jeered off the field in Turin.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini gave the hosts a 40th minute lead but Macedonia substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski equalised on 77 minutes.

Ventura blamed Italy's poor fitness levels for a dismal second half.

"I think Italy should never be jeered, as the team represents all of us," he said.

"I thought the first half was positive, the second was not, but when you run out of gas, that's what happens."

In the group's other game, Liechtenstein lost 1-0 to visiting Israel, with Eitan Tibi scoring the game's only goal on 21 minutes.

Serbia missed a chance to clinch their World Cup place when they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to already-eliminated Austria, their first loss of the campaign.

Luka Milivojevic gave the Serbs an early lead before the hosts hit back through Guido Burgstaller and Marko Arnautovic.

Nemanja Matic equalised for Serbia with seven minutes left but Louis Schaub struck in the 89th minute to give Austria victory.

"We are very disappointed but we weren't good enough tonight unlike Austria, who created a lot of chances," Serbia coach Slavoljub Muslin said.

Serbia still lead Group D with 18 points -- ahead of Wales on 17 and Republic of Ireland on 16 -- and will qualify if they beat Georgia at home on Monday.

Daryl Murphy scored both first-half goal as the Irish recorded a 2-0 victory over Moldova to set up a must-win game

Earlier, Wales secured a 1-0 victory in Georgia to remain right in the mix for a finals spot.

Tom Lawrence sealed the points with his first goal for his country when he lashed home from just outside the area in the 49th minute.

"We're used to these situations, we put ourselves in these situations time and time again and we find a way, that's what's so special about this team," Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey told Sky Sports.

Daryl Murphy scored both first-half goal as Ireland recorded a 2-0 victory over Moldova, to set up a fascinating final round clash against Wales.

"Now talking about Wales, we go and apply ourselves, really play very strongly and resolutely, and I think we can win the match," Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said.

Iceland secured a resounding 3-0 victory in Turkey to go top of Group I and end the home side's finals hopes.

Johan Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason and Kari Arnason got the goals to lift Iceland to 19 points.

The Nordic can clinch first place with a victory next week over winless Kosovo.

Croatia's hopes were dented after they conceded a 90th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Finland.

Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead on 57 minutes but substitute Pyry Soiri celebrated his international debut with a fine finish which silenced the home crowd.

Third-placed Ukraine defeat bottom-side Kosovo 2-0 to join Serbia on 17 points, but they have an inferior goal difference.

An own goal from Leart Paqarada on the hour set Ukraine on their way before Andriy Yarmolenko sealed their win.

In the final round of qualifiers, Croatia are away at Ukraine.