Spain continued their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying since 1993 after playing out a 1-1 draw with Italy in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Friday.
The Spaniards appeared on the brink of a win, as Vitolo’s goal seemed certain to earn them all three points before a late penalty by Daniele Di Rossi saved Italy’s blushes.
A blunder from Gianluigi Buffon gifted Spain the opening goal in Turin after he came out of his area to meet Spain forward Vitolo only to then kick the air and allow the Sevilla winger to side foot into an empty net having been put through by Sergio Busquets.
La Furia Roja, who remain unbeaten in World Cup qualifiers since 1993 – their last defeat coming against then European champions Denmark – could also have been reduced to 10 men in the second half when Diego Costa flirted with his first red card in a Spain shirt.
Twice he put his hands on the face of Leonardo Bonucci in the first period and was yellow-carded for the second offence. And when he kicked the ball out of play after the whistle he should have been shown his second yellow.
Referee Felix Brych let him off and he was immediately taken off by Spain coach Julen Lopetegui with the Juventus stadium furious he had not been dismissed.
The referee was not so kind to Spain eight minutes from time when Ramos lunged at Eder allowing De Rossi to beat David de Gea from the spot.