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Aragones targets Euro glory

23 Jun 2008 - 07:56:45

Spain coach Luis Aragones was calm in victory after seeing his side reach the semi-finals of Euro 2008 with a penalty shootout triumph over Italy in Vienna.

A sterile game ended goalless after 120 minutes, before Spain edged through 4-2 on spot-kicks after goalkeeper Iker Casillas had saved efforts from Daniele de Rossi and Antonio Di Natale.

Aragones told UEFA.com: "We won through, but we have only won a small battle.

"I think we deserved to win. We didn't play great, but nor did Italy. We should have used more pace.

"The tempo was rather slow and if we'd played the ball quicker, we would have created more chances.

"I'm doing my job, as a coach I'm here to win. For Spain, it's important. We have struggled to get past the quarters before, but now we've done that, so let's see if we can get to the final.

"I'm happy for my country, happy for my players and also for me, this is my profession.

"This team wants to go to the final and win. It's now more difficult than at the beginning. This is a great time for Russian football, because at this stage of their season they are at their peak.

"Many say we've beaten them before so it will be easy, but it's much more complicated."


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