Spain 1 Italy 1: It’s not a bad result, says Cesc Fàbregas

Cesc Fàbregas was satisfied with a point but hit out at a "lamentable" pitch after Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy on Sunday

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Cesc Fàbregas was satisfied with a draw after his equaliser rescued a point for Spain against Italy in their Group C opener on Sunday.

Antonio Di Natale edged Italy ahead on the hour mark but Barcelona midfielder Fàbregas finished from close range moments later to secure a draw for Vicente Del Bosque’s men.

The 25-year-old midfielder felt both teams were hampered by a “lamentable” pitch in Gdansk but accepted a draw was a good result against Cesare Prandelli’s men.

“After going behind it is not a bad result. We are still dependent on ourselves. We have shown character and played well,” said Fàbregas.

“It has been a difficult match, the most difficult one we have in the group against a very strong rival.”

On the pitch, he added: “I don’t want to complain, but we deserve much more. It is lamentable that we have to play on a pitch like this.”

Spain coach Del Bosque was pleased with his side’s display and felt the defending champions dominated the second half.

“Of course we wanted to win here but I am not leaving feeling frustrated as I thought we put in a good performance; we will leave happy knowing that,” he said.

“We finished the game full of eagerness, determination and with chances to win. I thought the second half was in our favour.

“We know how this type of game is, though, and this one was quite balanced. We were solid in possession against a team who looked to press us and who started the game determined to stand up to us.

“Italy had some good chances, that’s true, but we were on top of our game. We have achieved a point while putting on a good display.”

Del Bosque raised a few eyebrows by fielding a side without a recognised striker, opting to leave Fernando Torres, who was a second-half substitute, out of the starting line-up.

But the Spain coach defended his team selection after the game. He said: “Cesc Fàbregas is a player who is great at arriving in the area and we tried to use him from the start in a way we thought best for this occasion.

“Fernando Torres came on later and had chances to score which he didn’t take but I am happy with a draw.”

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