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Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon caps 1,000th game with clean sheet and win

Gianluigi Buffon kept a clean sheet on his 1,000th professional appearance as Italy kept pace with Spain at the top of Group G in World Cup qualifying. The evergreen 39-year-old goalkeeper cheekily suggested in the build-up he might “do a Zidane and head[butt] someone on the pitch” in homage to the former France midfielder who did exactly that in the 2006 World Cup final to Italy’s Marco Materazzi.

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