Italy 1-1 Spain: De Gea the hero as Spain share spoils with the Italians

Spain goalkeeper David De Gea put in a five-star performance as his saves preserved a 1-1 draw with Italy after Artiz Audariz's second-half equaliser.

Italy 1-1 Spain: De Gea the hero as Spain share spoils with the Italians
Artiz Alvariz scores in Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy | Photo: Getty Images
ITALY
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SPAIN
ITALY : BUFFON, FLORENZI (DE SILVESTRI, MIN. 89), DARMAIN, BONUCCI, ASTORI, GIACCHERINI (ANTONELLI, MIN. 79), CANDREVA (BERNARDERSCHI, MIN. 61), MANDZIUK (JORGINHO, MIN. 89), MOTTA, EDER (ISIGNE, MIN. 51), PELLE (ZAZA, MIN. 60)
SPAIN: DE GEA, JUANFRAN (ALBA, MIN. 79), PIQUE, RAMOS (NACHO, MIN. 45) , AZPILICUETA, MATA (KOKE, MIN. 45), THIAGO (ISCO, MIN. 61), SAN JOSE, FABREGAS, MORATA (ALACER, MIN. 86), ADURIZ (SILVA, MIN. 70)
SCORE: 1-0, MIN. 67, INSIGNE 1-1, MIN. 70, AUDARIZ
REFEREE: DENIZ AYTEKIN BOOKED MOTTA (MIN. 45) MANDZIUK (MIN. 69) PIQUE (MIN. 73) FABREAGS (MIN. 82)

A second-half strike from veteran striker Artiz Audariz saved the spoils for Spain as they managed a 1-1 draw with Italy.  

The first 45 minutes predominantly belonged to Antonio Conte's side but they were reduced to just half-chances with the best chance falling to Andre Candreva but he failed to capitalise.  

Second-half substitute Lorenzo Insigne and Alessandro Florenzi had decent chances at the beginning of the second period but the Spanish defended well. Insigne gave the Italians the lead but that was snuffed out immediately as Audariz smashed home an equaliser. Insigne had a great opportunity to take the win for Conte's side 13 minutes from the end but the save from David De Gea saw both nations share the spoils  

Heavy pressure  

Vicente del Bosque's side found themselves on the back foot from the off with the Italians having half-opportunities to take the lead in the opening exchanges.  

Their best chance of the opening half came just 15 minutes in when Candreva decided to try a speculative effort but Iker Callisas' replacement, De Gea showed why he deserved to be in the starting XI as he palmed the effort away.  

They followed that chance up instantaneously as a good build-up play came to Candreva who turned provider as he played a good ball into Southampton's Graziano Pelle but the striker isn't alive to the situation as he fails to meet the ball.  

Their final opportunity of any danger came in the 39th minute as the chest down from Pelle which fell perfectly for Eder but it in the end it proved no concern as a deflection made it easy for De Gea to snatch up.  

Lorenzo Insigne slots past David De Gea in Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy | Photo: Getty Images
Lorenzo Insigne slots past David De Gea in Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy | Photo: Getty Images

Burst into life  

Insigne was brought into the mix towards the beginning of the second period and nearly found the net seven minutes after his introduction.  

The Napoli midfielder tried to curl it home from distance but De Gea was there again to palm it wide. He turned provider moments later as he played it out wide to Florenzi who let fly but the Manchester United keeper was to it once again.  

Insigne made his presence count as he gave the home nation the lead. It was a great move from Conte's side as the ball eventually reached Bologna loanee Emanuele Giaccherini whose first-time cross across the face of goal found Insigne sliding in to place it beyond De Gea.  

Their lead only lasted two minutes as Spain managed to equalise as legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon should have done better with Alvaro Morata's header from the free-kick  which allowed Audariz to run in to smash home the leveler from two yards.  

The game burst into life after the two quick-fire goals as both looked for the victory and Insigne almost was the hero as his 77th minute chip looked to have defeated De Gea but he managed to tip it away to secure the draw for del Bosque's side.