As Ireland drew breath after their 4-0 thrashing by Spain midfielder Keith Andrews admitted it had been a torrid night.
"We were chasing shadows," said Andrews.
"We said before the match we should learn from our mistakes in the first game but then we shot ourselves in the foot by conceding an early goal. Make no mistake they are a top side and we were always up against it.
"In terms of the Italy game we are playing for pride simple as that."
With 66 percent ball possession, 26 shots on goal, 20 of which were on target, Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given had a busy night as Spain dominated while Ireland managed just six shots on goal in total.