Daniele De Rossi's late penalty denied Spain revenge for their UEFA EURO 2016 defeat by Italy, with Mario Mandžukić's hat-trick and an extraordinary Iceland finale among the highlights elsewhere.
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- Mandžukić hat-trick in Croatia cruise, De Rossi saves Italy
- Two added-time goals earn Iceland win against Finland
- Turkey come from two down to hold Ukraine; Austria's Arnautović nets twice to deny Wales
- Next games in these groups to be played on Sunday
- EURO 2016 finalists France and Portugal in action on Friday
Austria 2-2 Wales
The hosts twice came from behind in Vienna courtesy of Marko Arnautović. The forward's first-half header was sandwiched by a Joe Allen screamer and a Kevin Wimmer own goal. Arnautović's second equaliser, soon after half-time, was a fine individual effort, but neither team could conjure a winner.
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
Seamus Coleman was the hero in Dublin, the Ireland captain capping his 40th appearance with the only goal against Georgia. Coleman scored after a mazy run close to the hour mark. Georgia's Levan Mchedlidze and Guram Kashia both headed against the woodwork during the first half.
Moldova 0-3 Serbia
Serbia claimed their first win in the section, with Dušan Tadić key to victory in Chisinau. Tadić first led a breakaway which ended with a tap-in for Filip Kostić, and after Branislav Ivanović's back-post header doubled the advantage, Tadić notched the visitors' third from an Aleksandar Katai cross.
Italy 1-1 Spain
Italy preserved their ten-year unbeaten record in qualifying fixtures thanks to Daniele De Rossi's late spot kick in Turin. Vitolo had capitalised on a rare mistake by Gianluigi Buffon early in the second period to put the visitors ahead, as Spain threatened to avenge their defeat by the Azzurri at UEFA EURO 2016.
FYR Macedonia 1-2 Israel
Goals from Tomer Hemed and Tal Ben Chaim gave Israel a 2-0 half-time cushion in Skopje but Ilija Nestorovski's 63rd-minute strike set up a grandstand finish. FYR Macedonia won a penalty in the final seconds, but substitute Adis Jahović had his low effort saved by David Goresh, and Israel held on – just.
Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
Albania eased to their second victory. Liechtenstein goalkeeper Peter Jehle was credited with an own goal after he was unable to keep out a close-range header from Jahmir Hyka, yet the visitors had to wait until the 71st minute to make sure of this Vaduz success, Elseid Hysaj's cross met by Bekim Balaj at the far post.
Kosovo 0-6 Croatia
UEFA's newest member nation were humbled on their 'home' debut, Juventus's Mario Mandžukić stealing the show with three goals inside the first 35 minutes – his first for club or country since June. Matej Mitrović, Ivan Perišić and – at the death – Nikola Kalinić kept the goals flowing after the break in Shkoder.
Iceland 3-2 Finland
Alfred Finnbogason and Ragnar Sigurdsson struck in second-half stoppage time in Reykjavik to win it for Iceland, whose luck seemed to be out when Gylfi Sigurdsson twice hit the woodwork after the interval. Kári Árnason levelled after Teemo Pukki headed the Finns in front, but Robin Lod's rapid response restored the visiting advantage.
Turkey 2-2 Ukraine
Andriy Yarmolenko scuffed in a spot kick and then teed up a second for Artem Kravets as Ukraine took the initiative in Konya – yet Hakan Çalhanoğlu resued Turkey. After his corner picked out Ozan Tufan for a header just before the break, he stroked a penalty in off the post on 81 minutes to restore parity.