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Italy and Spain display their greatest strengths while their captains show off their weaknesses

A great game featured errors from the two leaders, Gianluigi Buffon and Sergio Ramos. The first half of Thursday's World Cup qualifier between Spain and Italy featured the best of both sides. La Roja was dominant, with their midfield passing circles around the helpless Azzurri. But they struggled to generate clear chances, with the Italian back three up to the task of blocking shots and making last-ditch tackles, even while they got very little help from the men in front of them.
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