TURIN, Sporting Alert – Italy and Spain finished 1-1 in their European World Cup Group G qualifying game at Juventus Stadium on Thursday.
An embarrassing failed attempted clearance by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon allowed Vitolo to put Spain ahead in the 55th minute, but Italy collected the equaliser eight minutes from time.
A long ball over the top was poorly handled by Buffon, who completely bungled the ball with his side-footed tried clearance and it provided an easy passage for Vitolo to stir home.
Italy pushed on for an equalising goal after going behind and they were rewarded when Sergio Ramos fouled Éder in the penalty area.
After a delay, while referee Felix Brych discussed the incident with his assistant behind the goal, Italy was given the spot kick.
Daniele de Rossi stepped up to send Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea the wrong way in the 82nd minute to knot the scores at 1-1.
Italy had the ball in the back of the net again, but the goal was ruled out after striker Ciro Immobile was caught offside.
The result saw Italy and Spain falling to second and third place respectively in the Group G standings, with Albania, which beat Liechtenstein 2-0 taking over at the top.
In a European World Cup Group I match, a first half hat-trick from Mario Mandzukic guided Croatia to a 6-0 victory over Kosovo.
Mandzukic netted in the 6, 24 and 35 minutes of the contest to set the pace, while Matej Mitrovic, Nikola Kalinic and Ivan Perisic completed the rout with second half goals.
In other World Cup qualifying scores, Ireland Republic tagged Georgia 1-0, Macedonia suffered a 2-1 defeat to Israel, Serbia battered Moldova 3-0, Iceland edged Finland 3-2, while Austria and Wales ended 2-2, so too did Turkey and Ukraine.
European World Cup Qualifying Scores
Thursday, October 6
FT Austria 2 – 2 Wales
FT Iceland 3 – 2 Finland
FT Ireland Republic 1 – 0 Georgia
FT Italy 1 – 1 Spain
FT Kosovo 0 – 6 Croatia
FT Liechtenstein 0 – 2 Albania
FT Macedonia 1 – 2 Israel
FT Moldova 0 – 3 Serbia
FT Turkey 2 – 2 Ukraine