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L. Bonucci
Yellow Card
Piqué
Yellow Card
Thiago Alcântara
Vitolo
D. De Rossi
Penalty Goal
A. Belotti
M. Parolo
Sergio Ramos
Yellow Card
Álvaro Morata
Diego Costa
G. Bonaventura
Yellow Card
C. Immobile
G. Pellè
Sergio Busquets
Assist
Vitolo
Goal
M. Parolo
Yellow Card
Diego Costa
Yellow Card
Vitolo
Yellow Card
G. Bonaventura
R. Montolivo
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Nacho
Jordi Alba
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3
3
5

Stats

Possession
% %
5
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 3
Total Passes 363 639

Commentary

For the vast majority of the game, it looked as if Spain were easing their way towards what have been a relatively comfortable victory, but a poor challenge from Ramos on Eder inside the penalty are gifted De Rossi with the perfect chance to score his side's equaliser, and it's one that the midfielder took with aplomb. Italy certainly played better during the final 20 minutes of the game and put Spain under a lot of pressure, with Immobile and Benotti, both of whom came off the substitutes' bench, playing an important role to keep their incredible home record going.
FULL-TIME: ITALY 1-1 SPAIN
A smart cross from Silva is curled into the heart of the penalty area, where several red shirts are camped in front of goal, but Italy do well to deal with the danger before winning themselves a throw-in over on the right wing, which, understandably, they take their time with. It looks as if they'll settle for a point.
Spain move the ball around nicely before Morata is set up inside the Italy penalty area, but Bonucci is there to clear the danger over to the left wing. Nacho picks up possession before being clattered into by Florenzi, who gives away a needless free-kick with only seconds remaining.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
Italy come back once again and work the ball over to Florenzi, who is in a great position deep down the right flank, but the wing-back's curling cross is a poor one and ends up sailing harmlessly out of play for a Spain goal-kick.
L. Bonucci
Yellow Card
Italy
Bonucci commits a rash challenge over on the left flank and gives away a free-kick before receiving a yellow card, but it fails to result in a chance on goal and instead allows Italy to regain possession.
Belotti scores, but it's ruled out for offside! A swinging low cross finds Immobile, who then knocks the ball over to Belotti at the near post. The Torino forward meets it well and immediately sends a scuffed shot rolling into the back of the net, but as soon as he does the linesman's flag is raised, breaking the hearts of the Italy fans who had started celebrating wildly.
Immobile goes close! The striker breaks down the left wing and latches on to a lovely lofted pass forward before firing a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal, but there's nobody there to meet it and it rolls comfortably wide of the far post.
Piqué
Yellow Card
Spain
A half-hearted Spain attacking move breaks down, and Italy immediately break away on a quick counter-attack. Immobile muscles his way into the visitors' half of the pitch before battling with Pique, who brings the striker to the ground and receives the latest yellow card of the game.
Thiago Alcântara
Vitolo
Spain
Spain have made a late, defensive switch, with Vitolo making way for Thiago.
D. De Rossi
Penalty Goal
Italy
GOAL! Italy have equalised! De Rossi steps up and calmly slots a lovely shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, sending De Gea sprawling the other way. The home fans are going crazy, and it's no wonder why!
PENALTY! Eder breaks into the Spain penalty area and meets the ball on the right-hand side of the box, but as soon as he does he's clattered into by Ramos, who sends the striker crashing to the ground. The referee initially waves away the Italy players' pleas, but he's overruled by the linesman and then points to the spot after a few seconds. What a chance for the home side to get back into the game!
It's all Italy at the moment as they desperately try to find a way back into the game. Spain have dropped off slightly and are inviting the home side forward, which could be a risky move with 10 minutes left to play.
Immobile makes a nuisance of himself in the left-hand side of the Spain penalty area before doing well to win his side a corner. It's sent into the middle of the box, where plenty of blue shirts are waiting, but, once again, the visitors are just about able to deal with the danger.
A. Belotti
M. Parolo
Italy
Italy have made their final substitution of the night, with Belotti coming on to take the place of Parolo.
Sergio Ramos
Yellow Card
Spain
Spain come back once again and win themselves a corner after Carvajal's cross deflects off the outstretched leg of De Sciglio. It fails to result in a chance on goal, however, and instead allows Italy to counter quickly, but a poor pass from Ramos brings it to an end and results in the captain receiving a yellow card.
Koke breaks into the right-hand side of the Italy penalty area and latches on to a pass from Vitolo before sending a low cross over to Silva on the edge of the box, but the attacking midfielder's first touch is poor and denies him the opportunity to unleash a shot.
Immobile is played onside by Pique and is presented with a great opportunity to burst forward before penetrating the Spain penalty area. He has three teammates in space around him but he instead elects to shoot, and the strike fails to beat the Barcelona defender, who stands tall in front of him.
Barzagli is clattered into by Ramos over on the right wing and Italy are awarded a free-kick in an advantageous position. Florenzi steps up and curls a dangerous cross into the middle of the Spain box, where it finds Romagnoli, but the defender is unable to send his headed effort on target and instead nods it comfortably over the top of the crossbar.
Vitolo almost makes it 2-0! The winger breaks through the Italy defence and latches on to a lovely pass from Koke, but he's unable to beat Buffon and instead sends his side-footed strike a yard or so wide of the far post. He really should have buried that!
Álvaro Morata
Diego Costa
Spain
At the perfect moment, Lopetegui brings on Morata to replace Costa, who is showered with a chorus of boos from the Italy fans as he makes his way off the pitch.
Big call by the referee! A lovely piece of play by Iniesta, who threads a wonderful pass through the Italy back line and into the path of Costa. The striker is flagged offside and immediately thumps the ball into the stand behind the goal, resulting in the home fans screaming for a second yellow card. The referee doesn't agree, however, and instead just gives him a stern talking to.
Immobile goes close! Spain drop off slightly and allow Italy to enjoy an extended period of possession. Once again, De Sciglio plays an important role in the attacking move before winning his side a corner. It's sent short to Florenzi, who then curls a bouncing cross over to the far post, but Immobile is unable to find the back of the net with an outstretched foot.
G. Bonaventura
Yellow Card
Italy
Bonaventura becomes the latest player to receive the yellow card after catching the ankle of Koke with a late challenge over on the right flank.
Chance for Eder! Immobile immediately gets involved in the game as he links up well with Eder inside the Spain penalty area. He links up well with his striker partner and sets him up at the near post, but the linesman's flag is quickly raised just as he fires a thumping shot several yards over the top of the crossbar.
C. Immobile
G. Pellè
Italy
Italy have made their first alteration of the night, with Pelle making way for Immobile in an understandably attacking change.
Spain are continuing to boss possession, but Italy are pressing higher up the pitch as they try to find a way back into the game. So far, they've barely tested the visitors' back line and have struggled to get Eder and Pelle into the thick of the action, with only the latter being presented with a chance on goal.
Italy immediately push forward as they quickly try to find a way back into the game. De Sciglio breaks down the left flank on a determined run before swinging a cross right on to the head of Pelle, but the striker's downward header ends up bouncing a few yards wide of the far post.
Sergio Busquets
Assist
Spain
Busquet's through-ball was typically well hit by the Barcelona midfielder, but that goal was entirely due to Buffon's error, which will surely go down as one of the worst he's ever made.
Vitolo
Goal
Spain
GOAL! What a terrible mistake by Buffon! A long pass from Busquets bounces through the Italy back line and into the path of Vitolo. He battles with Romagnoli and beats the youngster before seeming to lose out to Buffon, but the veteran goalkeeper completely mistimes his clearance and allows the Spain winger to comfortably tap the ball into the back of an empty net.
Ouch! The resulting set-piece is whipped into the heart of the penalty area, where it bounces around before falling to Carvajal. The full-back unleashes a rocket of a shot that bounces off the thigh of Bonaventura and straight into the face of Busquets, who immediately crashes to the ground. He quickly makes a recovery, however, and play resumes once again.
Iniesta cuts inside from the left wing and whips a lovely low pass into the feet of Koke, who is in acres of space over on the right-hand side of the penalty area. He traps the ball quickly before whipping it into the middle of the box, but Romagnoli is there to thump the ball out for another corner.
Italy push forward on a rare foray into the Spain half of the pitch thanks to a good run forward by De Sciglio, but the wing-back is unable to link up with Bonaventura on the byline and has to settle for a throw-in, which quickly results in one for the visitors.
M. Parolo
Yellow Card
Italy
Koke is caught by a late sliding tackle from Parolo, and the Italy midfielder becomes the latest player to receive a yellow card.
The corner finds Busquets, but the midfielder is unable to pick out a teammate and has to settle for another corner. The second also fails to result in a chance on goal before Spain come back once again and work the ball over to Iniesta on the edge of the Italy box, but just as he's about to shoot he's dispossessed by a great tackle from behind by Eder.
Spain start the second half as they ended the first, by dominating possession and putting plenty of pressure on the home side. The ball eventually finds Costa on the edge of the penalty area and the striker fires a low shot towards goal, but it deflects off Bonucci and out for a corner over on the right wing.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
The scoreline doesn't quite tell the whole story, as Spain have dominated thus far but have failed to find a way through a resolute and compact Italy back line. The home side have sat deep inside their own half of the pitch and defended well, restricting Spain to just two clear-cut chances on goal, both of which fell to Pique. The defender was unable to take advantage of them, however, and, as a result, Italy head into the half-time break the happier of the two sides.
HALF-TIME: ITALY 0-0 SPAIN
A poor pass from Ramos can only find Eder, who then tries to break away on a quick counter-attack. He's swiftly closed down and is unable to do so, however, allowing Spain to hit the hosts on a counter of their own. A lofted pass is flung over the home side's defence and into the path of Costa, but the striker's run forward is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is quickly raised for offside.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
Diego Costa
Yellow Card
Spain
Bonucci is involved in a fracas once again, and this time it's with Costa over on the left wing. The defender goes down to the ground holding his face after battling with the striker, and the Chelsea man becomes the latest player to receive a yellow card as a result. He isn't at all happy with the decision, but the referee isn't at all interested in what he has to say.
Vitolo
Yellow Card
Spain
Bonucci and Vitolo battle for the ball midway inside the Italy half of the pitch, with both players grappling one another with both arms. The defender comes out on top before the winger kicks out in frustration, resulting in an angry exchange of words that ends with the Spain man receiving a yellow card.
Eder, who has seen little of the ball thus far, is progressively getting more involved in the game, and he's starting to hold up the ball really well. He does so again over on the right wing before breaking towards the byline and curling a cross into the middle of the Spain penalty area, but it's sent slightly too near to De Gea and the goalkeeper is easily able to collect the ball.
Italy patiently work their way forward on a rare foray into the Spain half of the pitch before the ball finds Parolo in a good position on the right-hand side of the box, but the midfielder's attempted cross over to Pelle is poorly hit and sails several yards over the head of the striker, much to the annoyance of the home fans, who shower the Lazio man with cries of frustration.
Another corner for Spain is sent short before a low cross can only find a blue shirt. Italy immediately break away on a quick counter-attack in what is their best chance of the game thus far, but Eder is tracked brilliantly by Iniesta and the midfielder does well to put the striker under pressure and force him into sending the ball back towards the halfway line.
Another chance for Spain! Costa twists and turns on the edge of the Italy penalty area before firing a low shot towards goal. It fails to test Buffon but rolls into the feet of Vitolo in front of goal, but the winger is unable to control the ball and loses it before giving away a free-kick with by tripping Bonucci.
Nacho flies down the left wing on a great run before trying to cut into the Italy penalty area, but Florenzi is just about able to poke the ball out for Spain's eighth corner of the game. It's taken short and worked over to Koke, but the midfielder's cross fails to pick out a red shirt inside the box due to good defending from the home side.
Vitolo links up well with Silva once again, this time down the left flank after peeling away from his marker, but the winger's low cross into the heart of the Italy penalty area is slightly rushed and fails to find Costa, who was in a good position in front of goal.
It's all Spain as they quickly work the ball around deep down the right flank, but Vitolo's low cross towards Costa is fired out for a corner by Ramognoli, who did well to beat the striker to the pass at the near post. The corner is poor, however, and is sent straight into the hands of Buffon.
G. Bonaventura
R. Montolivo
Italy
Montolivo limps off the pitch before being stretchered down the tunnel to receive further medical treatment. On in his place comes his Milan teammate Bonaventura.
Montolivo is still on the floor and looks to be really struggling, and it looks as if he's going be the second player to make way after picking up an unfortunate injury.
The free-kick is taken quickly and sent over to Montolivo deep down the right wing, but he's immediately clattered into by a strong sliding tackle from Ramos. The Italy midfielder immediately clutches his knee and looks to be in real pain as he's looked at by the medical staff.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Spain
Busquets cynically drags Pelle to the ground as the latter tries to kick-start an Italy counter-attack, resulting in the Spain midfielder receiving the yellow card of the game.
Another chance for Pique! Pelle drops incredibly in an attempt to help out his team defensively, but he ends up clumsily challenging Iniesta and gives away a free-kick over on the left wing. Silva steps up and curls a cross into the box that is only half cleared by De Sciglio, allowing another cross to be sent over to the far post. Ramos rises high and nods the ball over to Pique on the edge of the six-yard, but the Barcelona defender can only send his headed effort straight into the hands of Buffon.
Bonucci loses the ball deep down the left wing and allows Silva to pick it up in a dangerous position. The Manchester City man cuts into the penalty area before trying to tee up a teammate, but he's unable to do so and Italy are just about able to hold on.
Nacho
Jordi Alba
Spain
Alba will play no further part in the game, so he limps off the pitch to be replaced by Nacho.
Costa charges down the left flank and battles with Barzagli as he tries to carve out another chance on goal for the visitors, but the attacking move is brought to a premature end as Alba is down on the ground near to the halfway line and seems to be struggling with an injury.
Great chance for Pique! Spain keep putting pressure on Italy before winning themselves another corner. Once again, it's taken short before a long cross picks out Pique, and this time the centre-back's header bounces off an Italy player before rolling just a yard or so wide of the far post. The corner results in yet another one for the visitors, but this time a swinging cross from the left flank is deflected into the hands of Buffon.
Spain come back once again after quickly winning back possession, and the ball is swiftly worked over to Silva, who then blasts a 25-yard shot off the back of De Rossi and out for a corner. It's sent short before a swinging cross deflects off Florenzi and out for another corner, which is taking short again before being launched towards the far post. Pique rises high, but the defender is unable to find either the goal or a teammate with his downward header.
Another good chance for Spain! Once again, Silva plays a wonderful role in a great attacking move as he works the ball towards the Italy penalty area and into the feet of Costa, but, under pressure from several blue shirts, the striker is unable to beat Barzagli with his thumping shot.
Spain come back again quickly through Vitolo, who cuts inside from the right flank before trying to tee up Costa, but the winger's through-ball fails to find the striker due to good defending by Bonucci, who is able to out-muscle the Chelsea man and shepherd the ball into the hands of Buffon at the near post.
Wonderful skill by Silva! Costa holds up the ball well on the byline before spinning and finding Silva. The Manchester City midfielder is surrounded by several Italy players but somehow manages to weave through all of them on a lovely run before his close-range shot is parried away by Buffon.
A half-hearted Spain attack breaks down and Italy are able to fly forward on a quick counter-attack. Florenzi sprints down the right wing before trying to pick out Pelle with a curling cross into the box, but it's overhit and sails over the striker's header before bouncing out for a throw-in on the opposite flank.
Lovely play by Spain! Silva and Iniesta link up wonderfully well as they intricately move the ball around in the middle of the pitch. They run rings around all of the Italian players camped in front of them before the Barcelona midfieler penetrates the penalty area, but his shot from 15 yards out is poor and fails to beat Buffon. What a goal that would have been!
The corner is curled straight into the hands of Buffon, who immediately thumps the ball up the pitch and towards Eder. The striker charges through the middle of the pitch and puts pressure on Alba as he tries to reach the ball inside the Spain half of the pitch, but the left-back comes out on top with a smart interception.
A poor pass from Bonucci can only find Koke, who immediately kick-starts a counter-attack. The ball is sent to Costa, who holds it up on the edge of the penalty area before spinning and working it out to the right wing, but Romagnoli is just about able to clear the danger for a first corner of the game for Spain.
Vitolo cuts inside from the right wing on a great run before threading a lovely through-ball into the middle of the Italy box. Costa charges towards it and almost meets the ball in a good position in front of goal, but Barzagli is there to meet it at the vital moment.
Italy momentarily win the ball deep inside their own half of the pitch and are caught out by high Spain pressing, resulting in them losing the ball over on the right wing. Koke picks it up from a throw-in but is immediately fouled, and the visitors are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position. The Atletico Madrid midfielder steps up and curls a good cross into the heart of the box, but De Sciglio is there to clear the danger with a strong header.
As expected, Spain immediately embark on a patient move into the Italy half of the pitch as they slowly pass the ball from one flank to the other. Koke eventually slips a nice through-ball into the penalty area and into the path of Silva, who then tries to set up Costa with a clever flick, but Romagnoli is there to cut out the danger.
And we're off! Spain get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out on to the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has made just two alterations to the side that featured against Liechtenstein in September, with Sergi Roberto and Thiago Alcantara making way for Dani Carvajal and Andres Iniesta, respectively.
Giampiero Ventura has decided to make five changes to the Italy side that started the win against Israel in their last outing, with Alessio Romagnoli, Alessandro Florenzi, Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele De Rossi and Mattia De Sciglio coming into the starting line-up to replace Giorgio Chiellini, Antonio Candreva, Marco Verratti, Giacomo Bonaventura and Luca Antonelli, respectively.
Spain substitutes: Nacho, Morata, Callejon, Thiago, Herrera, Rico, Roberto, Martinez, Vazquez, Nolito, Isco, Reina.
Spain XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Iniesta; Silva, Costa, Vitolo.
Italy substitutes: Darmian, Ogbonna, Candreva, Verratti, Immobile, Donnarumma, Astori, Perin, Bernardeschi, Gabbiadini, Belotti.
Italy XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Romagnoli; Florenzi, Montolivo, De Rossi, Parolo, De Sciglio; Pelle, Eder.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Antonio Conte’s decision to join Chelsea in the summer means that Italy also find themselves under new management, with former Torino boss Giampiero Ventura taking the reins. Despite winning against Israel last month, Ventura’s first game in charge ended in a 3-1 defeat at home to France, and tonight’s tie is certainly set to be a challenging and telling one for an Azzurri side that lack depth, particularly at the back where they have been hit by injuries and a suspension to Chiellini.
Both sides got off to winning starts in their opening World Cup qualifiers, with Italy managing to beat Israel 3-1, despite being reduced to 10 men at the start of the second half, whilst Spain comfortably thrashed group minnows Liechtenstein 8-0. It was an easy first competitive game in charge for Julen Lopetegui, and the new manager’s first real test is about to get underway here in Turin.
Today’s encounter is also a repeat of the round of 16 clash that saw Spain’s Euro 2016 campaign come to a lacklustre end. Goals in either half from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle helped the Azzurri comfortably dethrone the European champions, sending them back home bitterly disappointed and bringing an end to Vicente del Bosque’s eight-year spell in charge.
Tonight’s clash brings together two teams that, come October 2017, should find themselves near the top of Group G. However, with only one spot automatically resulting in a place in Russia, every point counts, meaning that whoever is victorious in this evening’s big game could end up winning the group in a year’s time.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game between Italy and Spain at Juventus Stadium.
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