Vicente del Bosque delighted despite edgy performance

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has hailed his side's 1-0 quarter-final win over Paraguay as a "great moment" but acknowledged that the European champions were far from their best

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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has hailed his side’s 1-0 quarter-final win over Paraguay as a “great moment” but acknowledged that the European champions were far from their best.

David Villa’s second half strike, which only crossed the goal-line after hitting both posts, was all that separated the two sides despite both nations being awarded second-half penalties.

“It has been a very tough, very uncomfortable match but this is what we expected – they didn’t let us play our game,” said del Bosque

“In my time a Spanish side never felt so uncomfortable or passed the ball so inaccurately. But now it’s an absolutely marvellous moment for Spanish football and our game is at the very top.”

He added: “We didn’t play a terribly good match but we are happy and we know we have the necessary resources to face any rival including Germany.

“It’s a great moment for Spanish football. We beat Germany in the final of the Euros but they are among the elite teams and I think that speaks volumes for European football.”

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