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 By Ben Gladwell

Ventura aims to leave bright Italy legacy despite World Cup worries

FC's Mark Ogden reports from Spain, after Italy's 3-0 loss in WCQ and their likely entry into the playoffs for qualification.
Janusz Michallik reflects on Spain's thorough 3-0 victory over Italy in their pivotal Group G World Cup qualifying clash.
Spain inched closer towards qualifying for the World Cup, as Isco's first career international brace led La Roja past Italy.

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has said he knows he will be judged on immediate results but also has an obligation to ensure a bright future for the national side.

Italy's hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup in Russia were hit by a 3-0 defeat in Spain, meaning they may need to win a playoff in order to get to the tournament.

"I know I'm reliant on results on the field, but I'd like to talk about other things because that is how you get results in sport," Ventura said at a seminar...

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Ciro Immobile's single goal cements Italy's second place in Group G, making a playoff position all but likely.
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FC's Mark Ogden reports from Spain, after Italy's 3-0 loss in WCQ and their likely entry into the playoffs for qualification.

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ITALYItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and midfielder Marco Verratti hit back at fans who jeered the Azzurri during their 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Israel on Tuesday.

SPAIN: Julen Lopetegui urged his side to push on after moving within striking distance of World Cup qualification with an 8-0 win over Liechtenstein.

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Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti dismiss jeers from Italy fans

Gianluigi Buffon kept another clean sheet but fans were more concerned with a

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and midfielder Marco Verratti hit back at fans who jeered the Azzurri during their 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Israel on Tuesday.

Ciro Immobile's goal was the only difference between the sides, but with the previous defeat to Spain still fresh in fans' mind, the result was not widely applauded.

There was a chorus of whistles with the game still goalless at half-time, and Verratti left the game in the final minutes to more jeers.

"I don't agree with the jeers,...

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Italy edges Israel to keep pressure on Spain

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Ciro Immobile's single goal cements Italy's second place in Group G, making a playoff position all but likely.

Italy kept the pressure on Spain in the race for automatic World Cup qualification as Ciro Immobile scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Israel.

Immobile's second-half header means Gian Piero Ventura's side stay three points behind Spain, who sit top of Group G after hammering Liechtenstein 8-0.

Italy's final two games are at home to Macedonia and away to Albania while Spain face Albania at home before ending with a trip to Israel.

Barring an unexpected slip from Spain, the Azzurri appear likely...