World Cup 2018: Italy rescues draw against Spain with late penalty

    Italy players celebrate Daniele De Rossi's late equalizer against Spain.

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    • Italy rescues draw against Spain
    • Both extend unbeaten runs in qualifying
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    (CNN)Two international teams with two of the longest unbeaten runs in history -- in the end, it was always going to be a draw.

    Spain went into its clash against Italy without defeat in 54 World Cup qualifiers, a run stretching back to a 1-0 reverse against Denmark in 1993.
      Italy, on the other hand, was undefeated in 51 World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, last tasting defeat against France a decade ago.
      After Thursday's match in Turin, both sides could continue to boast their impressive records.
      "We paid for our tension, we gave the ball away too easily," Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said of his side's performance.
      "The first half was very tough, they kept the ball and we weren't aggressive. The second half was better."
      "Spain are favorites for this group but this game showed that we can achieve our goals if we want to."