Soccer: Israel anticipates massive World Cup qualifying challenge

The Israel national team will host Italy to begin its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign next September and will end it with a home game against Spain, FIFA announced on Sunday.

The blue-and-white was drawn on Saturday to face former World Cup winners Spain and Italy in qualifying Group G, as well as Albania, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

Only the group winner will qualify automatically. The eight best runners-up will advance to home-and-away playoffs, with the four winners to progress to the tournament in Russia in three years.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sports/Soccer-Israel-anticipates-massive-World-Cup-qualifying-challenge-410269

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