World Cup Qualifying - European - Group G
ItalyItaly1SpainSpain1

Italy 1-1 Spain

Daniele De Rossi
Daniele de Rossi earned his 108th cap for Italy

Italy salvaged a draw in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Spain with a late Daniele de Rossi penalty.

Spain had 72.4% of possession in the first half but failed to score.

They finally took the lead after 55 minutes when keeper Gianluigi Buffon missed an attempted clearance to leave Vitolo to sidefoot in.

Italy rarely threatened but, after Sergio Ramos tripped Eder, De Rossi equalised to extend his country's unbeaten run in qualifiers to 52 games.

The last time the Azzurri lost a World Cup or European qualifier was in September 2006 when they were beaten 3-1 by France on their way to reaching Euro 2008.

Italy and Spain now have four points from two games, with Albania, who beat Liechtenstein 2-0, top of Group G on six points.

Israel won 2-1 in Macedonia in the other game in the group.

No revenge for Spain

Spain were out to avenge their defeat by the Azzurri in the last 16 of Euro 2016 and quickly took control of the match.

They went close when Andres Iniesta played a one-two with David Silva only to see a weakly struck left-footed shot saved before Gerard Pique sent a close-range header straight at Buffon.

Spain looked set for victory after 38-year-old Buffon's error as he completely missed the ball when trying to clear a through ball to Vitolo.

However, substitute Ciro Immobile brought some much-needed energy and threat to the home attack and a rash Ramos challenge allowed De Rossi to score.

Iceland win after late drama

Alfred Finnbogason has scored in both of Iceland's 2018 World Cup qualifiers
Alfred Finnbogason has scored in both of Iceland's 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Iceland shocked England when they knocked them out of Euro 2016 and seemed to be on course for a reality check when trailing Finland 2-1 in their first home 2018 World Cup qualifier since then.

But Alfred Finnbogason equalised in the 90th minute before Fulham's Ragnar Sigurdsson, who scored in the 2-1 win over England, got a winner in the fifth minute of added time.

Finland had opened the scoring through Teemu Pukki and, even though Kari Arnason equalised, Robin Lod quickly restored the visiting side's lead.

Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty to compound Iceland's misery before the late drama.

Iceland are now second in Group I, level on four points with leaders Croatia, who beat Kosovo 6-0 in Albania.

Ukraine drew 2-2 in Turkey and they are third and fourth respectively in the same group.

Line-ups

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19BonucciBooked at 86mins
  • 3Romagnoli
  • 8Florenzi
  • 18MontolivoSubstituted forBonaventuraat 30'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 16De Rossi
  • 21ParoloBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBelottiat 76'minutes
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 9PellèSubstituted forImmobileat 60'minutes
  • 17Éder

Substitutes

  • 4Darmian
  • 5Ogbonna
  • 6Candreva
  • 7Bonaventura
  • 10Verratti
  • 11Immobile
  • 12Donnarumma
  • 13Astori
  • 14Perin
  • 20Bernardeschi
  • 22Gabbiadini
  • 23Belotti

Spain

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3PiquéBooked at 85mins
  • 15RamosBooked at 76mins
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forNachoat 22'minutes
  • 8Koke
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 27mins
  • 6Iniesta
  • 11Machín PérezBooked at 44minsSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 84'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMorataat 67'minutes
  • 21Silva

Substitutes

  • 4Nacho
  • 7Morata
  • 9Callejón
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 12Herrera
  • 13Rico
  • 14Roberto Carnicer
  • 16Martínez Berridi
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Nolito
  • 22Isco
  • 23Reina
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
38,470

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 1, Spain 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 1, Spain 1.

  3. Post update

    Nacho (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Alessandro Florenzi (Italy).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Belotti (Italy).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Spain).

  8. Post update

    Daniele De Rossi (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrés Iniesta (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Booking

    Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Álvaro Morata (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Italy).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Italy. Alessandro Florenzi tries a through ball, but Ciro Immobile is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ciro Immobile (Italy) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi following a set piece situation.

  15. Booking

    Gerard Piqué (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Spain).

  17. Post update

    Ciro Immobile (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Thiago Alcántara replaces Vitolo.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Spain).

  20. Post update

    Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bulgaria11004313
2Netherlands10101101
3Sweden10101101
4Belarus10100001
5France10100001
6Luxembourg100134-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland11002023
2Latvia11001013
3Faroe Islands10100001
4Hungary10100001
5Andorra100101-10
6Portugal100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany11003033
2Azerbaijan11001013
3Czech Rep10100001
4Northern Ireland10100001
5San Marino100101-10
6Norway100103-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales21106244
2Serbia21105234
3Austria21104314
4R. of Ireland21103214
5Georgia200213-20
6Moldova200207-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark11001013
2Poland10102201
3Kazakhstan10102201
4Montenegro10101101
5Romania10101101
6Armenia100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland11005143
2England11001013
3Slovenia10102201
4Lithuania10102201
5Slovakia100101-10
6Malta100115-40

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Albania22004136
2Spain21109184
3Italy21104224
4Israel210134-13
5North Macedonia200224-20
6Liechtenstein2002010-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze11005053
2Greece11004133
3Belgium11003033
4Gibraltar100114-30
5Cyprus100103-30
6Estonia100105-50

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia21107164
2Iceland21104314
3Ukraine20203302
4Turkey20203302
5Finland201134-11
6Kosovo201117-61
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