Paolo Giovannini/AP
March 24, 2016

UDINE, Italy (AP) — Two-time defending champion Spain began its preparations for this summer's European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly on Thursday.

Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini's cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes.

Italy's lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz leveled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata—who appeared to be offside.

Italy was the more dangerous side and Spain—which beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend its title—did not have a shot on goal in the first half.

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves.

Both teams observed a minute's silence in honor of the victims of this week's terrorist attacks in Brussels and the passing of Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff.

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