Former champions Spain and Italy eased to comfortable 4-0 wins over weak opponents in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.A Spain side missing several players due to injury tacked on some late goals to trounce Macedonia while Italy eased up after a first-half barrage at Liechtenstein to remain tied atop Group G with 10 points each.Ireland seized control of Group D with a 1-0 win over Austria, while rivals Wales and Serbia drew 1-1 after a dramatic end in Cardiff.Croatia led Group I after Marcelo Brozovic scored twice in a 2-0 win over Iceland.Only the group winner automatically secures a spot for the World Cup in Russia. The second-place team must go through a playoff to make it to the 2018 tournament.Here is a look at each European qualifying group in play on Saturday:GROUP GMacedonia made a promising start to the match in Granada but went behind for good in the first half when Darko Velkovskis headed clearance landed in his own net.Victor Vitolo Machin scored Spains second goal to put the result beyond doubt, and Nacho Monreal and substitute Artiz Aduriz rounded off the win late.Spain was without the injured Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba.We were without several players, but its true that their absences create opportunities, Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said. We have players with talent, attitude and ambition and they showed that tonight.Italy was led by forward Andrea Belotti, who opened and completed the quartet of goals just before halftime at Liechtenstein. In between his strikes, Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva scored.Israel moved into third place with nine points after winning 3-0 at 10-man Albania in a match played under tight security. Media reports alleged a group of 15 persons arrested in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, planned an attack during the game.Albania has six points, and Macedonia and Liechtenstein zero.GROUP DJames McCleans 48th-minute goal in Vienna earned Ireland a third victory in four matches, and left fourth-place Austria facing an uphill task.Hours later, Gareth Bale put Wales ahead against Serbia with his 26th international goal and came close to sealing victory when he struck the base of the post with a shot in the 85th. The Serbians went up the other end of field and equalized 50 seconds later, with Aleksandar Mitrovic glancing a header in off the post.You get close one end and they go the other end and score. Very disappointing, said Bale, who was two goals off Ian Rushs national record.Ireland has 10 points, Serbia eight, Wales six, and Austria four.In the groups other game, a 1-1 draw left Georgia with two points and Moldova with one.Group IForced to play in an empty arena because of numerous cases of spectator unrest, Croatia took the lead early when Brozovic curled in a shot from outside the box.Brozovic got another in stoppage time as Croatia largely dealt well with the Iceland counterattack that caused so many problems for top teams at the European Championship.Croatia has 10 points, ahead of Ukraine with eight after it edged Finland 1-0 at home thanks to Artyom Kravetss first-half goal.Kosovos difficult start to its first major qualifying competition continued with defeat away to Turkey 2-0.Iceland was third with seven points, Turkey had five, while Finland and Kosovo have one each. Mike Montgomery Jersey . 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Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after he was seriously injured in a bout.The 25-year-old had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher after a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in a St Andrews Sporting Club fight in Glasgow on Thursday night.Towell, from Dundee, was then rushed to the citys Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by ambulance accompanied by his promoter, Tommy Gilmour.The death was later confirmed by Towells management, who are expected to release a statement later on Saturday morning.The British Boxing Board of Control, the sports governing body and licensing authority, has yet to comment.Members of the boxing community have paid tribute to Towell, dubbed Iron Mike.St Andrews Sporting Club said he will always be in our hearts while promoter Eddie Hearn said: Absolutely devastated by the passing of Mike Towell -- all of our thoughts with his friends and family at this time.Evans has yet to comment on his opponents death, but described Towell as a true warrior in a statement issued after he was taken to hospital.The Welshman said: The ingredients were there for ann entertaining fight and it was that, we are both punchers and so sadly for Mike he came out the wrong side.ddddddddddddI never wanted to see my opponent being stretchered out of the ring. Who would ever want that sight? That was so hard for his family and my heart goes out to them.The event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, was being broadcast on STV Glasgow when Towell was fatally injured.The boxer had been undefeated going into the bout -- which was an eliminator for the British welterweight title -- with 11 previous wins and one draw on his professional record.According to the BoxRec database of professional fights, Towell was knocked down in the first round and again in the fifth prior to the stoppage.The bout was refereed by Victor Loughlin, who was also in charge of the British middleweight title fight in March between Chris Eubank and Nick Blackwell, which ended the latters career after he suffered a bleed on the skull when he was stopped in 10 rounds. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '