Illarramendi rocket gives Spain narrow win in Israel

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2017

Following the game, which Spain won through an Asier Illarramendi goal, six Israeli fans rushed onto the pitch, as reported by The Times of Israel.

The Israeli Football Association (IFA) has denied reports midfielder Isco was approached by a home fan brandishing a knife following Spain's 1-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Israel on Monday evening.

One of those fans reportedly peeled off and approached Real Madrid midfielder Isco, at which point a knife fell from his hands.

However, there was no immediate response from security authorities regarding the report and a police spokesman played down the incident after the match.

According to the spokesperson of the local police, Micky Rosenfeld, the Spanish players have ran no risk.

The Israeli FA later dismissed claims that the young male had been armed with a blade but promised that all six pitch invaders would face legal action.

"Israel were well-organised at the back, especially in the first half, but we had more chances in the second, and the goal and win came". "The usual security measures were carried out last night, during and after the game", he said.

Spain beat Israel despite having already secured qualification.

The 2010 World Cup winners were already assured of their place at next summer's showpiece in Russian Federation, while Israel knew that they would be missing out.

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