Italy overcome Buffon blunder, earn late draw with Spain in Turin

A late Daniele De Rossi penalty rescued Italy a 1-1 draw with Spain in World Cup qualifying at Juventus Stadium on Thursday.

Spain went ahead on a rare gaffe from Gianliugi Buffon on 55 minutes. The legendary goalkeeper charged out of his goal to meet a Sergio Busquets through ball in the 55th minute only to completely miss his kick and allow Spain forward Vitolo to roll the ball into the vacant net.

Diego Costa was lucky not to see the a second yellow after the hour mark for kicking a ball after the offsides whistle had blown — referee Felix Brych choosing to give the Chelsea striker a stern warning before allowing play to continue.

Brych did rule in Italy’s favour in the 82nd minute, however, when, after deliberating with his line judge, he adjudged Sergio Ramos’ tackle in the box on Eder to be a penalty, which De Rossi stepped up and converted past a sprawling David De Gea.

The result hands Spain, who next play Albania on Sunday, four points from two Group G matches. While Italy, who will face Macedonia the same day, remain on three points.

Spain left-back Jordi Alba and Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo were each forced off with an injury in the first half. They were replaced by Nacho and Giacomo Bonaventura, respectively.

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