Prandelli and Del Bosque satisfied with point

Italy and Spain shared a point apiece in their first game of Euro 2012, with both sides’ coaches happy with the draw.

Azzurri substitute Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring in the second-half, but Cesc Fabregas equalised for the holders soon after.

Cesare Prandelli admitted that he was pleased to get off the mark and feels a draw was a fair result.

“I think it was the right result,” Prandelli told Rai tv, translated to English by Sky Sports.

“There is a slight regret that we conceded so soon after we had scored.

“The important thing is that the players have done what I asked them. We played well and played as a team.”

Vicente del Bosque opted to play without a recognised striker, with Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta the furthest men forward for La Roja, but the Spanish trainer has defended his tactics after the game.

“We wanted to have superiority in the midfield so that we could have possession and arrive higher up the pitch. David Silva, Cesc and Andres Iniesta arrived very well from the second line of attack and I think they did very well in a lot of moments,” he confirmed.

“The plan didn’t go badly, Cesc did very well in this position. When Fernando Torres came on the match was much more open. We had more chances to score, but so did they and we can’t forget that. Time will tell whether this is a good point or not.

“We have worked hard and put in a good effort. We are relatively satisfied with our work and the result,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

 


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