Gigi Buffon thanked the woodwork for rescuing him against the Faroe Islands. “We need to learn this lesson.”
Italy scraped a 1-0 victory thanks to Antonio Cassano's early strike, but risked a huge upset after an opening spell of absolute domination.
“At least we got the three points and made a big step towards qualification,” said the goalkeeper.
“As for the game, it was very similar to three years ago, when we won 2-1 with a big struggle towards the end.
“The first 15 minutes were excellent with so many scoring opportunities churned out, but the goal almost made us step off the gas. This is our tradition now, Italy really don't win the ‘easy' games without suffering.
“It's a young side, so we don't always realise you will suffer even against the smallest and least-fancied opponent. That lack of experience can lead you to put less effort into training and the match, so it can be a valuable lesson.
“The first 15 minutes were clear, as we created seven or eight scoring opportunities. The difference in quality was an abyss.
“If we continued to play with that aggression and quality, it could've ended 6-0, but if the team got superficial then the risk of an upset is always there.”
In fact, Buffon was rescued by the frame of the goal when the Faroes beat him twice.
“A goalkeeper is there to save, so he can be thankful for the woodwork every now and then!”