Following a draw in their opening fixture, Spain will look to bounce back to form when they face Iran at the Kazan Arena on Wednesday.
The defending world champions, Germany, will go into the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia as the overwhelming favourites.
Belgium and Greece had to share the points after playing out a hard fought 1-1 draw at the King Baudouin Stadium, which saw 2 Greek players get sent off.
Four different Spanish goalscorers ensured that Julen Lopetegui's mean cruised to an easy 4-1 victory against Elia Levy's Israel at the Estadio El Molinon.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet outgoing FIFA head Sepp Blatter on the sidelines of a 2018 World Cup draw, the Kremlin said, amid a corruption scandal that threatened to hit Russia's hosting of the event.
Russia have slashed their budget for the 2018 World Cup by almost 30 billion rubles (490 million euros, $560 million), the government said on Monday, without giving a reason. The budget has been cut from 660.6 billion rubles to 631.5 billion rubles, a drop of 4.5 percent. Russia is in the midst of a financial crisis due to western sanctions imposed over the conflict in Ukraine and a crash in the global oil price. “The construction and renovation of stadiums will not be affected by this reduction in spending,” sports minister Vitali Mutko told sports news agency R-Sport. “It’s about optimising the preparations, we’re going to remove excess hotel accommodation.” In winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup, Russia committed to building nine new stadiums and refurbishing three others across the 11 host cities. Renovation of existing infrastructure and the construction of hotels also formed part of the plan. Despite accusations of bribery in winning the right to […]