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Spain beat Albania 2-0 in a Group G qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to second half goals from Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Manchester City attacker Nolito. The win came at a cost though with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos out for a month with an injury he suffered during the game.

The Real Madrid and national team captain sprained a ligament in his left knee when he took a bad fall in the 79th minute at Loro Borici Stadium.

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Spain will have to wait a little longer to avenge their loss to Italy in the 2016 European Championships after committing an unnecessary foul in the final minutes that allowed the hosts to level the score 1-1 in their football World Cup qualifier in Turin.

La Roja embarrassed the Italians in the first half at Turin's Juventus stadium on Thursday, dominating possession by 78 percent to 22 percent and winning nine corners. The visitors ran rings around the Azzurri, who didn't manage a shot on target in the first 45 minutes. Spain, however, could not translate their clear superiority into goals and the half ended 0-0.

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The English Football Association (FA) has confirmed it will begin the search for a new coach for the national team after the friendly against Spain in London on November 15.

Gareth Southgate was appointed as interim coach of England to succeed Sam Allardyce, who was sacked after just one game as in charge.

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Marc Lopez and David Ferrer won their respective reverse singles rubbers as Spain completed a comprehensive 5-0 win over India in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Lopez defeated Davis Cup debutant Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, while Ferrer got the better of 21-year-old Chennai lad Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-2.

Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie earlier by winning the opening day's two singles and the doubles rubber on Saturday, have returned to the World Group after a gap of two years.

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Indian youngster Sumit Nagal produced a spirited performance on his Davis Cup debut before going down 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 to Marc Lopez of Spain in the first reverse singles of their World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi on Sunday.

Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie to book a spot in the World Group on Saturday, thus increased their lead to 4-0.

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Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez fought off a brave challenge from the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in the doubles rubber to hand Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi on Saturday.

The Indians troubled the gold medal winners at last month's Rio Olympics throughout the hard-fought contest before going down 6-4, 6-7 (2), 4-6, 4-6 in three hours and 23 minutes in front of a raucous home crowd at the jampacked R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium.

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In a thrilling hour of racing that saw constant lead changes until the very last second, Spain proved victorious in the 2016 ITU Under23/Junior Mixed Relay World Championships on Saturday in Cozumel, just edging Great Britain and Australia for the win. The British team took silver, followed by the Australians.

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