Italy wins late to keep pace with Spain

first_imgSKOPJE, Macedonia (AP):Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia yesterday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.Spain got off to a slow start at Albania but eased to a 2-0 victory behind second-half goals by Diego Costa and Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo.Italy needed an injury-time goal by Ciro Immobile to secure the hard-fought win that allowed it to join Spain atop the group with seven points.Albania stayed with six points along with Israel, which beat Liechtenstein 2-1.Only the group winners automatically qualify for the World Cup in Russia.Macedonia and Liechtenstein remain without a point after three matches.Spain dominated from the start as expected, but it struggled to create many significant scoring chances against Albania in steady rain at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.The first goal came after a mistake by Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, who mishit the ball while trying to clear it from the back and gave it to Vitolo. The striker passed to David Silva and he set up Costa’s easy goal from inside the area in the 55th minute.The second goal was a well-placed shot by Nolito, who found the far corner from a tight angle after evading a defender inside the area in the 63rd.COMPLICATED GAME”It could seem like an easy game, but we knew it was going to be complicated,” Nolito said. “We really needed these three points.”Albania entered the match with a two-point advantage over Spain and Italy, which drew 1-1 when they met in Turin on Thursday.Spain coach Julen Lopetegui tried a different tactical scheme, playing with three defenders at the back and an extra man in midfield.Italy seemed in control against Macedonia after Andrea Belotti scored in the 24th minute, but goals by Ilija Nestorovski in the 57th and Ferhan Hasani in the 59th, both times after Italian giveaways, left the visitors in danger of a shock defeat.Immobile equalised in the 75th and netted the important winner with a close-range header two minutes into second-half injury time, keeping Italy in a strong position.”It was a great response by the team as far as character is concerned,” Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said.last_img read more

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Woodland school bond issue passes

first_imgVoters approved a bond issue Tuesday that will build a new Woodland High School and provide a few other updates around the district.The measure passed with 1,638 “yes” votes to 945 “no” votes. That’s 63.4 percent, well ahead of the 60-percent figure required to pass.The bond issue will provide $52.8 million; the district also will receive $11 million from the state.Most of the money will go to replace the current high school, which was built in 1953. The new 147,000-square-foot high school will be built on a 40-acre site the district owns on Dike Access Road.Discussions will begin in a few days, Superintendent Michael Green said.“The first step is Friday when we meet with the architects,” Green said after election results were announced Tuesday night. “We’ll figure out short-term and long-term” plans.About 600 students attend Woodland High. The 82,310-square-foot school doesn’t have room in the gym for all its students and faculty, let alone students’ parents.The school does not have a centralized entrance point for visitors, raising safety concerns.Construction will start in the summer of 2013 or, more likely, the summer of 2014; the anticipated opening would be in the fall of 2015 or fall of 2016, Green said.The high school will be built to accommodate an expanding student body.The bond issue will provide about $2.7 million for other projects: It will pay for a new gym at Yale Elementary School, replacing the oldest building owned by the district. The bond measure also will pay for other safety, security and energy efficiency improvements at all the district’s schools.last_img read more

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