Published On: Thu, Mar 24th, 2016

Player Ratings: Italy 1-1 Spain

italy spainItaly drew 1-1 with Spain at the Stadio Friuli in Udine on Thursday night in their international friendly.

Azzurri coach Antonio Conte experimented with the 3-4-3 formation and the decision paid off as his side dominated the match, while the Furia Roja only looked dangerous in the last 20-25 minutes.

Substitute Lorenzo Insigne gave Italy the lead in the second half but Artiz Aduriz equalised although he was in an offside position.

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Gianluigi Buffon – 6 – Unexceptional

He was hardly tested by the Spanish attack and was unlucky that the equaliser was allowed to stand.

Matteo Darmian – 6 – Versatile

Played out of position but he was a solid performer in defence and managed the occasional foray in the opposition half.

Leonardo Bonucci – 6 – Controlling

He played the ball out of defence in his usual manner and kept Artiz Aduriz in control for the majority of the match.

Davide Astori – 6 – Tolerable

Although he was not tested greatly, the centre-back showed that he was not overwhelmed by the Spanish attack.

Alessandro Florenzi – 6.5 – Spirited

Worked hard down the right-wing and he struck a great shot in the second half, forcing a save out of De Gea.

Thiago Motta – 6.5 – Anchor

Despite being 33 years old, the oriundo showed that age is no barrier and he demonstrated that he is a fine ball-winner in midfield and he can distribute the ball effectively.

Marco Parolo – 6 – Simplistic

Kept it simple with his passing, usually going sideways and backwards. Gave away the free-kick which resulted in Spain equaliser.

Emanuele Giaccherini – 7 – Energetic

The Bologna winger was constantly running up and down the left-wing and he created the Insigne goal.

Antonio Candreva – 6 – Solid

Gave Cesar Azpilicueta a hard time with his runs down the right-wing and provided a few crosses.

Graziano Pelle – 5.5 – Average

Held up the ball well for teammates occasionally but he failed to seriously test De Gea.

Eder – 5 – Substandard

Struggled to get into the match despite getting a scoring opportunity in the first half with a volley.


Lorenzo Insigne (51 minutes) – 7 – Lively

Scored Italy’s goal after converting Giaccherini’s cross, forced another two saves out of David De Gea and nearly scored another goal with a free-kick.

Simone Zaza (60 minutes) – 5.5 – Presence

He offered more mobility and work ethic than Pelle and he provided a great dribble near the end that won Italy a corner.

Federico Bernardeschi (60 minutes) – 6.5 – Enthusiastic

The Fiorentina winger made his Azzurri debut and he did not look out of place. Showed comfort on the pitch regardless of where he was positioned and was always looking to create something.

Luca Antonelli (78 minutes) – No vote

He was defending most of the time and was not able to provide an attacking threat.

Lorenzo De Silvestri (89 minutes) – No vote

The Sampdoria full-back came on but did not do anything decisive.

Jorginho (89 minutes) – No vote

He was given some time to make his Italy debut but barely did anything of note.

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