Spain can show Italy the way, says coach Cesare Prandelli

Confounding pre-match expectations, Italy dominated the first half, as Prandelli's decision to deploy a compact 3-4-2-1 system denied Spain's midfielders space in the centre of the pitch. The two wing-backs both played significant roles as well. Marauding right wing-back Christian Maggio went close on three occasions in the first half, while Emanuele Giaccherini hit the post in extra time.

updated: June 28, 2013 08:33 IST
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Fortaleza, Brazil: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli urged his players to follow the example of Confederations Cup conquerors Spain after the Azzurri lost an agonising penalty shoot-out 7-6 in the semi-finals in Fortaleza.

Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci had the misfortune to blink first in the shoot-out, hoisting his shot high over the bar at Estadio Castelao and providing Jesus Navas with an opportunity to send Spain into a final against hosts Brazil.

It was nonetheless a vastly improved performance by Italy, a year on from their crushing 4-0 loss to Spain when the teams last met in the final of the 2012 European Championship.

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