Spain still faces some uncertainty about the position they will be qualifying in. They are currently joint first with Italy, with Isreal just 2 points behind both of them. Group G has proven a tighter race than most expected.
With no surprise to anyone, Spain is favourites in this upcoming fixture but following the friendly against Colombia, many have doubted Spain’s ability to be clinical in these types of games. The selection could not pass the tie in a match that began sending in the scoreboard. Silva opened the can at the time when they were on the pitch and they wanted to do it also on the scoreboard. The game seemed controlled and the feelings transmitted were that the goals would soon take place. On the contrary, Colombia proved that it was not a simple friendly and bet on the meeting scoring two goals that put against the ropes to Spain.
Spain will look to Macedonia for an easy victory that helps the footballing community forget the encounter with Colombia. In the qualifying phase, no mistakes are allowed, as both Italy and Israel are on the looking for any chance to jump ahead. Lopetegui can introduce changes with respect to the starting eleven, although the friendly again suggested that there are players who have taken seriously to accompany Spain to the World Cup of Russia and should have the continuity necessary to be part of the main block the coach.