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...
Belgium edged Czech Republic 2-1 in a friendly on Monday, with Michy Batshuayi and Marouane Fellaini scoring to make up for a defensive howler from Kevin De Bruyne.
Batshuayi, whose goal for Chelsea sealed the Premier League title last month, highlighted his fine form with a low drive across goal to open the score in the 25th minute.
But four minutes later, De Bruyne was stripped of possession in his own box by Ladislav Krejci, who passed across for Michael Krmencik to equalise past Thibaut...
The video assistant referee twice played an important role as Spain beat France 2-0 in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday.
FIFA is testing VARs ahead of their possible use at the World Cup, and the system ruled out a goal that had been given for France, and later overruled a linesman to grant Spain a goal.
Antoine Griezmann thought he had put France ahead in the second half, but after the goal was originally given, the VAR called down to the match referee and disallowed the goal for offside...