Spain won't sleepwalk into Confed Cup final, says coach Vicente del Bosque

Midfielder Juan Mata, a second-half substitute, said Spain's efforts had left them "physically diminished", and captain Iker Casillas admitted that Cesare Prandelli's side had asked them searching questions.

updated: June 28, 2013 08:28 IST
  • Total Shares

Fortaleza, Brazil: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said fatigue would be no excuse for failure in the Confederations Cup final against Brazil after his side edged a gruelling semi-final with Italy on penalties in Fortaleza.

Thursday's game, played amid stifling humidity, saw Spain prevail 7-6 in a shoot-out after 120 energy-sapping minutes failed to yield a goal, with substitute Jesus Navas netting the decisive spot-kick.

Brazil will benefit from an extra day's rest prior to Sunday's final at Rio de Janeiro's fabled Maracana, having beaten Uruguay 2-1 on Wednesday, but Del Bosque said he had no concerns about the uneven turnaround.

Show Full Article
  • Football
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Liverpool
  • Aston Villa
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Jesús Navas
  • Fernando Torres
  • Juan Mata