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Spain midfielder Isco reportedly was approached by a home fan brandishing a knife following Monday’s 1-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Israel.
Spanish daily Marca cited local news outlet Ynet, which reported six Israel fans were arrested at the Teddi Malcha Stadium in the nation’s capital on Monday after storming the field after the final whistle.
The report told how the fan dropped the knife before reaching Isco and was apprehended by officers. There has been no announcement from the authorities about what the man’s plan was.
Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE (h/t Sport), police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld assured no players were at risk: “There was no security incident. The usual security measures were carried out last night, during and after the game.”
Isco came on after 66 minutes and impressed in his second-half cameo, so much so that Spanish newspaper AS described the Real Madrid playmaker as “the chief” on Tuesday’s front page:
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“Isco is the boss” leads today’s cover as Spain win in Israel and give hope for World Cup pot one in Russia https://t.co/BggybSXRsd https://t.co/uWIp2JVzZF
Asier Illarramendi’s 76th-minute thunderbolt proved to be the difference between the two teams, and while Spain confirmed their 2018 World Cup status last week, Israel have known for some time they would not advance.