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Prandelli: We Deserved A Draw

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was pleased with his side's performance despite their 4-2 defeat to Brazil in the Confederations Cup on Saturday.

Emmanuele Giaccherini and Giorgio Chiellini struck for the Italians, who at one stage hit the woodwork while chasing a draw at 3-2, but Brazil sealed the win late on.

The result means that Italy will face the winners Group B, which could be Spain if they manage to see off the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Sunday.

Prandelli believes that his side deserved a draw after the way they performed but also said that they would be happy to face any team in the next round, including Spain.

"We had a great performance in the second half and deserved an equaliser, but against great players it takes nothing for them to punish you," he told Rai Sport.

"I am very satisfied, as we played the second half with great character. The reaction was excellent, we attacked the space and at 3-2 we could’ve drawn level.

"We were forced into two early changes, so it was tough, but after the break we saw our system and it worked.

“We are looking for growth and these games help us grow a great deal, I believe. Spain are the best team in the world, so if we face Spain then we will recover our fitness levels and play Spain.”

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