International Friendlies

Italy 1-1 Spain

Aritz Aduriz earns Spain a draw in Italy
Spain forward Aduriz scored with his first shot on target as an international player

Veteran Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz marked his first international start by earning reigning European champions Spain a draw against Italy.

The Azzurri led when Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne clinically swept in after a home counter attack.

But 35-year-old Aduriz, who has scored 31 goals for his La Liga club this season, levelled two minutes later when he pounced to bury a loose ball.

Both teams are preparing for this summer's Euro 2016 finals.

Spain have been drawn in Group D with Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey, while Italy face Belgium, Republic of Ireland and Sweden in Group E.

Aduriz is targeting a place in Vicente del Bosque's 23-man squad and boosted his ambitions by netting in only his second Spain appearance - which came six years after his debut.

Read more about Aduriz's remarkable season

Elsewhere, Ukraine - who face Northern Ireland in Group C - edged past Cyprus in a 1-0 home win.

Turkey beat fellow finalists Sweden, winning 2-1 in Antalya thanks to Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun's brace.

Former Wigan defender Andreas Granqvist replied for the visitors, who rested star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of Tuesday's game against the Czech Republic.

Iceland, drawn alongside Austria, Portugal and Hungary in France, lost 2-1 against Denmark, who failed to make the finals.



Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Buffon
  • 24FlorenziSubstituted forDe Silvestriat 89'minutes
  • 4Darmian
  • 19Bonucci
  • 5Astori
  • 23GiaccheriniSubstituted forAntonelliat 79'minutes
  • 6CandrevaSubstituted forBernardeschiat 61'minutes
  • 16ParoloBooked at 69minsSubstituted forJorginhoat 89'minutes
  • 8MottaBooked at 45mins
  • 17ÉderSubstituted forInsigneat 51'minutes
  • 9PellèSubstituted forZazaat 60'minutes


  • 2De Silvestri
  • 3Antonelli
  • 7Zaza
  • 11Insigne
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 14Jorginho
  • 15Acerbi
  • 18Montolivo
  • 20Okaka
  • 21Soriano
  • 22El Shaarawy
  • 25Rugani
  • 27Perin
  • 28Bonaventura
  • 29Bernardeschi


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12de Gea
  • 16Torres BelénSubstituted forAlbaat 79'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 73mins
  • 15RamosSubstituted forNachoat 45'minutes
  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 6San José
  • 13MataSubstituted forKokeat 45'minutes
  • 14Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forIscoat 61'minutes
  • 10FàbregasBooked at 82mins
  • 7MorataSubstituted forAlcácerat 86'minutes
  • 20AdurizSubstituted forSilvaat 70'minutes


  • 1Casillas
  • 4Bartra
  • 8Koke
  • 9Alcácer
  • 11Pedro
  • 17Nacho
  • 18Alba
  • 19M Gaspar
  • 21Silva
  • 22Isco
  • 23Rico
  • 24Nolito
  • 25Roberto Carnicer
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Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamSpain
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 1, Spain 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 1, Spain 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

  4. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Spain).

  5. Post update

    Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Jorginho replaces Marco Parolo.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Lorenzo De Silvestri replaces Alessandro Florenzi.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Koke.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Spain. Jordi Alba tries a through ball, but Paco Alcácer is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Paco Alcácer replaces Álvaro Morata.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

  12. Booking

    Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Spain).

  14. Post update

    Simone Zaza (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Álvaro Morata (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matteo Darmian (Italy).

  17. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Spain).

  18. Post update

    Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Luca Antonelli replaces Emanuele Giaccherini.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Jordi Alba replaces Juanfran.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 24th March 2016

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