Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci has regrets after his shoot-out miss allowed Spain to progress to the Confederations Cup Final.
The Juventus stopper failed to hit the target as the Spaniards beat a brave Azzurri side 7-6 on penalties after an enthralling encounter ended 0-0.
“There is disappointment,” Bonucci, who was used in a three-man defence by Cesare Prandelli, told Sky Sport Italia.
“We really wanted to get through to the Final against Brazil, but penalties are a lottery.
“We have to start again from this game though. Now we want to have a World Cup as protagonists.”
Italy switched to a 3-4-2-1 system and although Spain had more of the ball, Prandelli’s men had their chances – especially in the first half.
“We saw a great Italian side that put the world champions under the cosh and we should have won the game in 90 minutes,” he added.
“We prepared for the game well.
“The news of the death of Stefano Borgonovo before the tie also gave us an added incentive as we wanted to win and dedicate the victory to him.”
Italy will now play Uruguay on Sunday in the Third/Fourth Place Play-Off.