Fabregas hits out at pitch

11 June 2012 06:17

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas hit out at the state of the pitch in Gdansk after the defending European champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Italy.

The Barcelona playmaker, who grabbed the equaliser for Vicente Del Bosque's men shortly after Antonio Di Natale had put the Azzurri ahead, felt the slow pitch at the Arena Gdansk prevented Spain from playing their high-tempo passing game.

He said: "I don't want to complain, but we deserve much more. It is lamentable that we have to play on a pitch like this."

He added: "It has been a difficult match, the most difficult one we have in the group against a very strong rival.

"After going behind it is not a bad result. We are still dependent on ourselves. We have shown character and played well."

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli was disappointed his side allowed Spain back into the game just three minutes after Di Natale's opener.

"What disappointed me about this evening was that we allowed them to equalise so quickly. We were playing against the world champions but we should have made it more difficult for them after we scored," he said.

"We need to improve on certain things.

"We were a little surprised with Spain's line-up but we agreed that we needed to focus on our own game.

"We will analyse this game and work on some things. We expended a lot of energy which we will need to recover for our next match."

Source: PA