FIFA World Cup 2018
Qualifying – Europe
Juventus Stadium, Torino, Italy
81′ De Rossi (P)
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FT: The result means that Italy moved into third on four points behind second-placed Spain (also on four points) on goal difference. Albania are at the top of Group G after defeating Liechtenstein, who remain at the bottom of the Group without a point; behind Macedonia in fifth (also without a point) on goal difference. Israel move into fourth on three points after defeating Macedonia.
FT: Italy went close to a winner in the 85th minute when Immobile fired the ball across goal after honestly evading a rash challenge from Piqué. They thought they had found the winner seconds later, but Immobile was caught offside.
FT: Italy responded well since going behind and created a number of good chances with, first, Pellè heading a De Sciglio cross wide before Immobile shot wide on-the-slide after Éder’s flick-on from a corner. However they were rewarded with a goal after a clumsy challenge on Éder by Ramos gifted the Italians a penalty which De Rossi converted.
FT: Spain had a number of good chances prior to the goal in the first-half, but Buffon’s howler put the Spaniards ahead, fortuitously but not against the run of play. Vitolo scored the opener and had another chance to double the lead after a through-ball from Koke, but the Sevilla striker could only shoot wide.
FT: In a game which Spain dominated thoroughly in the first-half, they couldn’t finish off their chances and Italy capitalised; finding the leveller nine minutes from time after a clumsy challenge from Ramos.
FT: So Italy have managed to get a late goal to earn a point and extend their unbeaten run in tournament qualifiers to 52 games since a defeat to France in September 2006. Spain also maintained their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers since 1993.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ The delivery is cleared.
90’+2′ Florenzi is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.
90’+1′ Belotti is penalised for a foul on Nacho.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
87′ De Rossi wins a freekick.
86′ The freekick comes to nothing.
86′ Bonucci receives a yellow card for a foul on Morata. Freekick in a good position for the Spaniards.
Disallowed goal!! Florenzi finds Immobile, who miscues his initial strike but the ball falls to Belotti, who fires home but the goal won’t count as Immobile was already offside when he received Florenzi’s pass.
85′ Chance!! De Rossi finds Immobile, who honestly skips past a poor challenge from Piqué when he could have gone down, but he stays on his feet before firing a cross-come-shot that just evades Florenzi on-the-slide.
84′ Piqué receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Immobile.
83′ Final Spain change sees Thiago Alcántara replace Vitolo.
81′ Goal!! De Rossi stutters in the run-up before sending De Gea the wrong-way to level the scores.
80′ Penalty!! Éder does well to beat Ramos to the ball, with the Real Madrid bundles the Italian to ground, despite little contact. However the contact was sufficient and the referee, after speaking to his assistant, point to the spot.
76′ Belotti wins a corner.
75′ Final Italy change sees Parolo replaced by Andrea Belotti.
75′ The corner is cleared and Italy looked to break but Ramos is penalised for a foul and receives a yellow card for a cynical foul.
74′ De Sciglio concedes a corner.
72′ Immobile is adjudged to have been offside, but again he looked onside.
70′ Romagnoli is penalised for a foul on Vitolo.
70′ Bonaventura is penalised for a foul.
69′ Florenzi’s delivery is met by Romagnoli, who heads over the bar under-pressure.
68′ Ramos is penalised for a foul.
67′ Chance!! Vitolo is played through on-goal by Koke and has just Buffon to beat but he scuffs the effort wide of the target.
66′ Immobile is penalised for a foul on Piqué.
66′ Second Spain change sees Costa replaced by Álvaro Morata.
65′ Costa is caught offside before firing the loose ball over the bar.
64′ Chance!! The corner is taken-short before Florenzi’s delivery is flicked-on by Éder into the arriving Immobile who shoots wide on-the-slide.
63′ Busquets concedes a corner.
61′ Bonaventura is penalised for a foul on Koke and receives a yellow card. It was harsh again from the referee.
61′ Chance!! Immobile finds Éder, who fires the ball over the bar, but the flag was already up for offside.
60′ Barzagli wins a freekick.
59′ Second Italy change sees Ciro Immobile replace Pellè.
56′ Chance!! A dangerous cross from De Sciglio is met by Pellè, but he can only head wide.
54′ Goal!! Busquets plays Vitolo through on-goal and although the ball is slightly overhit, Buffon comes out and calamitously misses the ball completely and the Spaniard has the simple task of tapping home into the unguarded net, which he does.
53′ The corner is cleared into the path of Carvajal, whose effort ricochets into the face of Busquets and the ball is put out of play so the midfielder can receive treatment.
52′ Romagnoli concedes a corner.
49′ Parolo receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Koke.
47′ The corner is cleared.
47′ The delivery is cleared before Busquets’ cross is blocked for another corner.
47′ Costa receives the ball from Carvajal but the striker sees his effort blocked for a corner.
46′ Vitolo wins a freekick after a foul from Romagnoli.
45′ Italy get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Spain finally break the deadlock or will Italy capitalise on Spain’s missed opportunities? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Spain will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to make their dominance count and they have a number of quality players on the substitute’s bench. Spain will also know that Italy, despite being quite poor thus far, will pose a great threat on the counter-attack. Italy also have a number of good players on their bench.
HT: Italy have been relatively poor by the impressive standard they set in the European Championships. They’ve been sloppy in possession; giving too many balls away and they haven’t created any chances.
HT: The visitors have utterly dominated the game, but despite their total dominance, they have just lacked the final product. The Spaniards have created a number of good chances. First Iniesta did well to combine with Silva before the Barcelona midfielder fired at goal but his effort was tame. Piqué had a couple of good chances to put the former World Champions ahead too, first the defender met an Iniesta cross but he could only head against Ramos. Then Ramos nodded back a Carvajal cross into Piqué, who should have scored, but Buffon made the save.
HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Costa is adjudged to have been offside, however it appears he was onside.
45′ Pellè is penalised for a foul.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
44′ Costa receives a yellow card for a flailing arm on Bonucci, although the Italian has made the most of it. That’s harsh on the Spaniard.
43′ Vitolo receives a yellow card for a bit of afters involving Bonucci.
40′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts, who break but it comes to nothing as Parolo overhits a cross with the ball going out for a goalkick.
39′ De Sciglio concedes a corner.
38′ Vitolo is caught offside.
37′ Koke wins a corner.
36′ The short-corner is eventually cleared.
36′ Florenzi concedes a corner.
33′ Parolo is penalised for handball.
33′ Buffon claims the delivery.
32′ Romagnoli concedes a corner.
31′ The corner is eventually cleared by Pellè.
30′ Romagnoli concedes a corner.
30′ Pellè is penalised for a foul on Ramos.
29′ First Italy change sees Giacomo Bonaventura replace the injured Montolivo.
27′ Ramos wins a freekick after a late challenge from Montolivo, however the Italian is worse-off as he attempted to send in a cross. He’s receiving treatment and will have to leave the field.
26′ Busquets receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Pellè.
24′ Chance!! The initial delivery is cleared but then a cross from Carvajal is nodded back across goal by Ramos into Piqué, but his header is instinctively saved by the gloves of Buffon. He should have scored in truth.
23′ Iniesta wins a freekick after a foul from Pellè.
22′ First Spain change sees Nacho replace the injured Alba.
20′ The ball is put out of play as Alba is down with an injury. The Spaniard is receiving treatment.
19′ The corner is taken short but Koke’s delivery is blocked and the ball falls kindly to Buffon.
19′ The corner is taken short before Bonucci concedes a corner.
19′ Chance!! The corner is initially cleared before an Iniesta cross is met by Piqué but his header hits Ramos and goes just wide. However, the referee awards a corner.
18′ Silva’s delivery is blocked for another corner.
17′ Silva fires an effort that deflects just wide of the target. Corner to Spain.
16′ Costa and Silva exchange a series of one-twos before the Chelsea striker fires an effort that is blocked.
15′ Costa is penalised for a foul on De Rossi.
13′ Florenzi just overhits a cross-field pass to Pellè.
10′ Chance!! Silva and Iniesta combine before the latter’s effort is straightforward for Buffon.
9′ Barazgli is penalised for a late foul on Busquets, who of course, makes a meal of it.
8′ Buffon claims the corner.
8′ Koke wins a corner.
6′ Costa is penalised for a foul on Bonucci.
6′ Vitolo almost finds Costa but Barzagli intercepts the pass.
5′ Koke’s delivery is cleared by De Sciglio before Éder wins a freekick.
4′ The visitors win a freekick in a good position.
0′ Spain get the game underway.
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (GK), Alessio Romagnoli, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Riccardo Montolivo, Marco Parolo, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Florenzi, Éder, Graziano Pellè
Spain: David De Gea (GK), Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Koke, Vitolo, David Silva, Diego Costa