Copa America

Spain and Italy level atop group as are Spain and Ireland

Halfway through European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, there is little to divide some of the teams.

Spain and Italy continued their tense battle for top spot in their group with comfortable victories on Friday.

The two countries remained tied atop Group G after Spain defeated Israel 4-1 in Gijon, while Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Palermo in a match halted for nearly nine minutes after Albania fans threw flares onto the pitch.