WATCH: Israel and Spain prepare for World Cup qualifier in Jerusalem

Things got political as Catalonian independence was brought up in the pre-game press conference.

October 9, 2017 14:27

Israel to play Spain in Jerusalem, October 9, 2017. (Yocheved Laufer).mpeg

Israel to play Spain in Jerusalem, October 9, 2017. (Yocheved Laufer).mpeg


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The Israel National Soccer Team is set to play the superstars of the Spanish national team on Monday night, in the teams' last game in the qualifying round for FIFA's 2018 World Cup.

While Israel has no chance of qualifying for the next round, Spain already did so on Saturday night, beating Albania 3-0. With an all-star roster including the likes of Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Isco and Thiago Alcantara Spain has won eight matches and drawn one while amassing a goal difference of 35-3.

Israel is currently ranked in fourth place and has a slim chance of moving up to third.

The impact of Catalonia's recent referendum regarding independence from Spain on the team was questioned at the pre-game press conference, but the players tried to put politics aside and focus on the sport.

Following the practice, the Spanish players paid a visit to the Western Wall.


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