A dominant display by Spain in their World Cup qualifying encounter in Turin resulted only in a 1-1 draw for the away nation. A late penalty was awarded to Italy due to an errant Sergio Ramos toe-poke in the box to level things up on 82 minutes.
Earlier, legendary goal keeper Gianluigi Buffon’s moment of madness gifted Spain an admittedly deserved lead ten minutes into the second half. Spain failed to capitalise on the stats – dominant in possession and shots at goal, yet unable to find a way through other than this gift offered by Buffon in the second half:
The usually unflappable Buffon rushed outside of his penalty area in an apparent attempt to clear. He failed miserably however, barely managing to touch a back heel to the ball as his slide took him out of the action. This left Spanish midfielder Vitolo with an open goal, and he comfortably passed the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Fortunately for Buffon, Daniele De Rossi converted from the penalty spot to save his and Italy’s blushes. Spain and Italy are now each locked on 4 points from 2 games in Group G of UEFA World Cup qualifying.