Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Israeli pitch invaders posed no threat to Spanish football team'

'Israeli pitch invaders posed no threat to Spanish football team'

Asier Illarramendi has vowed to "fight" for a place in Spain's 2018 World Cup squad after his winning goal against Israel on Monday.

One of those fans reportedly peeled off and approached Real Madrid midfielder Isco, at which point a knife fell from his hands. "There was no security incidents".

"We do not know yet where these reports have come from, they are false".

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.

Thoughts now turn to next summer's World Cup: "It will be hard because everyone wants to be there, but we will fight for it".

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Wales put us under that pressure, as befits a side that had done so brilliantly in the Euros. "We've got a lot of work to do". It's been 59 years since Wales has qualified for a World Cup , while the Republic of Ireland hasn't made it since 2002.

"I do not think Spain have been welcomed to a stadium outside of their country with as much affection as they were here".

But local police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Spanish news agency EFE that the Spain players had not been under no risk at any moment and that the incident was under control. "The usual security measures were taken last night, during and after the game".

Israel fans had left the stands after seeing their side suffer a 1-0 defeat in their final qualification fixture.

The incident occurred after the final whistle at the Teddy Stadium, where Real Sociedad star Asier Illarramendi settled the match with his first worldwide goal.

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