Thursday June 27 2013
Del Bosque: 'Italy pressured Spain'

Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque praised Italy’s performance and admits fatigue made the difference in the long run.

“It was a great performance and Italy are a very strong side who deserved to take the lead in the first half,” he told Rai Sport.

“As the game went on we got better and deserved the victory in extra time.

“Over the course of the match things balanced out and Italy looked increasingly tired, which allowed us to come out.”

The game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and was only decided on sudden death penalties, sending Spain through to the Confederations Cup Final.

“Emanuele Giaccherini was very impressive, as was Christian Maggio and naturally Andrea Pirlo.

“Cesare Prandelli deserves credit for speeding up their play down the wings with Maggio and Giaccherini, as their runs put Spain under real pressure.

“Alberto Gilardino had a fantastic game, he was constantly shaking off markers and holding up the ball for his teammates. He ensured Mario Balotelli was not missed.”

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