Gian Piero Ventura''s misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the World Cup qualifying playoffs after being held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini hit the target his colleagues in the forward line have often struggled to find in Group G by nodding the Azzurri ahead in the 40th minute.
But with time and ideas running out at the Stadio Olimpico, Macedonia substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski ended any hopes Italy had of approaching an anxious double-header...
David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but Spain made hard work of seeing off Macedonia in Skopje.
The visitors were 2-0 up and cruising but left the back door open midway through the second half, allowing Stefan Ristovski to pull one back.
Nevertheless, a 2-1 victory ensured Spain remain top of Group G on goal difference despite Italy's 5-0 win over Liechtenstein.
Spain took the lead after 15 minutes following a classic Spanish build-up.
Andres Iniesta casually scooped the ball over the Macedonia...