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SpainSpainEstadio Santiago Bernabéu - MadridSaturday 2 September 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/10/2016QR (GS)Italy - Spain1-1TurinDe Rossi 82 (P); Vitolo 55
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
27/06/20161/8Italy - Spain2-0
Saint-DenisChiellini 33, Pellè 90+1
FIFA Confederations Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
27/06/2013SFSpain - Italy0-0
(aet, 7-6pens)
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
01/07/2012FSpain - Italy4-0
KyivSilva 14, Jordi Alba 41, Torres 84, Juan Mata 88
10/06/2012GS-FTSpain - Italy1-1GdanskFàbregas 64; Di Natale 61
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/06/2008QFSpain - Italy0-0
(aet, 4-2pens)
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/07/1994QFItaly - Spain2-1
BostonD. Baggio 25, R. Baggio 88; Caminero 58
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/06/1988GS-FTItaly - Spain1-0
Frankfurt am MainVialli 73
1980 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/06/1980GS-FTSpain - Italy0-0Milan
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
01/06/1934QFItaly - Spain1-0
FlorenceMeazza 11
31/05/1934QFItaly - Spain1-1FlorenceFerrari 44; Regueiro 31
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Spain - Squad list
Current season
-Pepe Reina31/08/198235Napoli - 0000
-David de Gea07/11/199026Man. United - 6000
-Kepa Arrizabalaga03/10/199422Athletic - 0000
-Gerard Piqué02/02/198730Barcelona*5000
-Sergio Ramos30/03/198631Real Madrid*5000
-Nacho Monreal26/02/198631Arsenal - 2100
-César Azpilicueta28/08/198928Chelsea - 0000
-Nacho18/01/199027Real Madrid - 2000
-Jordi Alba21/03/198928Barcelona*4000
-Dani Carvajal11/01/199225Real Madrid - 4000
-Andrés Iniesta11/05/198433Barcelona - 4000
-David Silva08/01/198631Man. City*6400
-Thiago Alcántara11/04/199126Bayern*6000
-Koke08/01/199225Atlético - 6000
-Pedro Rodríguez28/07/198730Chelsea - 1000
-Sergio Busquets16/07/198829Barcelona*6000
-Gerard Deulofeu13/03/199423Barcelona - 0000
-Saúl Ñíguez21/11/199422Atlético - 1000
-Isco21/04/199225Real Madrid - 4100
-Marco Asensio21/01/199621Real Madrid - 1000
-David Villa03/12/198135New York City FC - 0000
-Iago Aspas01/08/198730Celta - 1000
-Álvaro Morata23/10/199224Chelsea - 3200
-Julen Lopetegui28/08/196651 - 6000
Italy - Squad list
Current season
-Gianluigi Buffon28/01/197839Juventus - 6000
-Mattia Perin10/11/199224Genoa - 0000
-Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/199918Milan - 0000
-Andrea Barzagli08/05/198136Juventus - 5000
-Davide Astori07/01/198730Fiorentina - 0000
-Matteo Darmian02/12/198927Man. United - 1000
-Danilo D'Ambrosio09/09/198828Internazionale - 0000
-Leonardo Bonucci01/05/198730Milan*5000
-Andrea Conti02/03/199423Milan - 0000
-Daniele Rugani29/07/199423Juventus - 0000
-Daniele De Rossi24/07/198334Roma - 4200
-Antonio Candreva28/02/198730Internazionale - 5200
-Marco Verratti05/11/199224Paris - 4000
-Leonardo Spinazzola25/03/199324Atalanta - 1000
-Marco Parolo25/01/198532Lazio - 3000
-Federico Bernardeschi16/02/199423Juventus - 2100
-Lorenzo Pellegrini19/06/199621Roma - 1000
-Éder15/11/198630Internazionale - 5100
-Ciro Immobile20/02/199027Lazio - 6500
-Stephan El Shaarawy27/10/199224Roma - 0000
-Lorenzo Insigne04/06/199126Napoli - 3100
-Manolo Gabbiadini26/11/199125Southampton - 1100
-Andrea Belotti20/12/199323Torino - 5400
-Gian Piero Ventura14/01/194869 - 6000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Julen Lopetegui

Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: San Sebastián CF, Castilla CF, UD Las Palmas, Real Madrid CF, CD Logroñés, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s, FC Porto, Spain

• Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid. The Basque native progressed into the senior squad, but, starved of opportunities, switched to Logroñes, where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.

• Those displays earned a move to Barcelona but again he found playing time limited, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano, where he featured 112 times until retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

• Started his coaching career in 2003/04, at second division Rayo, but the experience was short-lived – he was dismissed after ten games. After five years away from the bench he returned to active duty in 2008/09, with Real Madrid Castilla, ending the campaign in sixth place.

• In 2010 Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and led the U19s to the European title two years later before reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He had assumed control of the U21s in August 2012 and guided the holders to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the title in Israel.

• On 6 May 2014, he returned to club duties with Porto but failed to win any silverware with the club and left his post in January 2016. Appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor as Spain coach in July that year.



Gian Piero Ventura

Date of birth: 14 January 1948
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: FS Sestrese Calcio, USD Enna, SSDU Sanremo, USD Novese
Coaching career: UC Sampdoria (youth), ASD Albenga, ACD Rapallo Ruentes, Virtus Entella, Spezia Calcio, US Centese, US Pistoiese, ASD Giarre Calcio, Venezia FC, US Lecce, Cagliari Calcio (twice9, UC Sampdoria, Udinese calcio, SSC Napoli, ACR Messina, Hellas-Verona FC, AC Pisa, FC Bari, Torino FC, Italy

• Born in Genoa, Ventura started his playing and coaching careers in the youth system of Sampdoria. As a midfielder he made nine appearances for Sicilian outfit Enna in Serie C, the highest level he played at.

• Began coaching in the Sampdoria academy in 1976 and worked for several teams in the lower divisions before finally making his Serie A debut more than two decades later after leading Cagliari to promotion in 1998. He had done the same the previous season with Lecce, only to be replaced by Cesare Prandelli before the campaign started.

• He continued to move between posts in Serie A and Serie B, but his stock rose considerably after he replaced Antonio Conte at Bari ahead of the 2009/10 season. Ventura guided Bari to tenth place with a club record 50 points in Serie A, drawing twice against José Mourinho's FC Internazionale Milano and defeating Juventus 3-1.

• In 2011 he accepted the call from Torino, then in Serie B. "I could take a mid-table team in Serie A but trying to take Torino back to Serie A is the real libido," he famously said. He not only achieved that but also led the Granata into Europe. Under Ventura, Torino reached the UEFA Europa League round of 16 in 2014/15 after a memorable 3-2 win at Athletic Club.

• After becoming the trainer with most consecutive games on the Torino bench (217), third overall behind Luigi Radice and Emiliano Mondonico, Ventura was announced as Conte's successor as Italy coach in June 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBjörn Kuipers (NED)
  • Assistant refereesSander van Roekel (NED) , Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
  • Fourth officialPol van Boekel (NED)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMike Foster (ENG)
  • Referee observerBertrand Layec (FRA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Björn Kuipers28/03/197310104

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
28/07/2007UICR3UC SampdoriaPFC Cherno More Varna1-0Genoa
18/09/2008UELR1SSC NapoliSL Benfica3-2Naples
27/08/2009UELPOOdense BKGenoa CFC1-1Odense
29/09/2009UCLGSFC BarcelonaFC Dynamo Kyiv2-0Barcelona
03/11/2009UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridChelsea FC2-2Madrid
23/02/2010UCLR16VfB StuttgartFC Barcelona1-1Stuttgart
18/03/2010UELR16Fulham FCJuventus4-1London
03/11/2010UCLGSFC Basel 1893AS Roma2-3Basel
17/03/2011UELR16Villarreal CFBayer 04 Leverkusen2-1Villarreal
28/04/2011UELSFFC PortoVillarreal CF5-1Porto
26/08/2011SCUPFinalFC BarcelonaFC Porto2-0Monaco
02/11/2011UCLGSFC Bayern MünchenSSC Napoli3-2Munich
21/02/2012UCLR16PFC CSKA MoskvaReal Madrid CF1-1Moscow
03/04/2012UCLQFFC BarcelonaAC Milan3-1Barcelona
28/08/2012UCLPOUdinese CalcioSC Braga1-1Udine
07/11/2012UCLGSCeltic FCFC Barcelona2-1Glasgow
10/04/2013UCLQFFC BarcelonaParis Saint-Germain1-1Barcelona
24/04/2013UCLSFBorussia DortmundReal Madrid CF4-1Dortmund
13/03/2014UELR16JuventusACF Fiorentina1-1Turin
24/05/2014UCLFinalReal Madrid CFClub Atlético de Madrid4-1Lisbon
30/09/2014UCLGSManchester City FCAS Roma1-1Manchester
16/09/2015UCLGSAS RomaFC Barcelona1-1Rome
03/11/2015UCLGSVfL Borussia MönchengladbachJuventus1-1Monchengladbach
10/03/2016UELR16Athletic ClubValencia CF1-0Bilbao
05/05/2016UELSFSevilla FCFC Shakhtar Donetsk3-1Seville
17/08/2016UCLPOFC PortoAS Roma1-1Porto
02/11/2016UCLGSJuventusOlympique Lyonnais1-1Turin
19/04/2017UCLQFFC BarcelonaJuventus0-0Barcelona
09/05/2017UCLSFJuventusAS Monaco FC2-1Turin

Last updated 31/08/2017 11:17CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia61058133
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Koke, Thiago Alcántara (46 Nolito), Vitolo (79 Asensio), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa (68 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    De Gea, Carvajal, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Vitolo (84 Thiago Alcántara), Ramos, Jordi Alba (22 Nacho), Diego Costa (67 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Albania 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Diego Costa 55, 0-2 Nolito 63
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta (78 Isco), Koke, Thiago Alcántara, Vitolo (60 Nolito), Ramos (80 Iñigo Martínez), Monreal, Diego Costa, Silva
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Spain 4-0 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Velkoski 34 (og) , 2-0 Vitolo 63, 3-0 Monreal 84, 4-0 Aritz Aduriz 85
    De Gea, Bartra, Busquets, Nacho, Morata (60 Aritz Aduriz), Koke (71 Isco), Thiago Alcántara, Vitolo (87 Callejón), Carvajal, Monreal, Silva
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Spain 4-1 Israel
    1-0 Silva 13, 2-0 Vitolo 45+1, 3-0 Diego Costa 51, 3-1 Refaelov 76, 4-1 Isco 88
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta (70 Isco), Thiago Alcántara (63 Koke), Vitolo (83 Aspas), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa, Carvajal, Silva
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    FYR Macedonia 1-2 Spain
    0-1 Silva 15, 0-2 Diego Costa 27, 1-2 Ristovski 66
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta (92 Saúl Ñíguez), Thiago Alcántara (74 Koke), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa, Carvajal, Silva (69 Pedro Rodríguez), Isco
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Buffon, Chiellini, Candreva (67 Florenzi), Bonaventura (63 Ogbonna), Pellè, Verratti, L. Antonelli, Barzagli, Parolo, Éder (70 Immobile), Bonucci
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Florenzi, Pellè (59 Immobile), Barzagli, De Rossi, Éder, Montolivo (30 Bonaventura), Bonucci, Parolo (76 Belotti)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia 2-3 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 24, 1-1 Nestorovski 57, 2-1 Hasani 59, 2-2 Immobile 75, 2-3 Immobile 90+2
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Candreva, Bonaventura (64 Parolo), Verratti, Immobile, Barzagli, Bonucci, Bernardeschi (64 Sansone), Belotti (84 Éder)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-4 Italy
    0-1 Belotti 11, 0-2 Immobile 12, 0-3 Candreva 32, 0-4 Belotti 44
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Candreva (74 Éder), Bonaventura (67 Insigne), Belotti, Verratti, Immobile (81 Zaza), De Rossi, Bonucci, Zappacosta
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Italy 2-0 Albania
    1-0 De Rossi 12 (P) , 2-0 Immobile 80
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Candreva, Insigne, Belotti, Verratti, Immobile, Barzagli, De Rossi, Bonucci, Zappacosta
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Italy 5-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Insigne 35, 2-0 Belotti 52, 3-0 Éder 74, 4-0 Bernardeschi 83, 5-0 Gabbiadini 90+1
    Buffon, Chiellini, Darmian, Pellegrini, Candreva (60 Bernardeschi), Spinazzola, Belotti (75 Gabbiadini), Insigne, Immobile (67 Éder), Barzagli, De Rossi
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Italy-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:39CET



Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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