The Barcelona midfielder scored a second-half equaliser to savage a 1-1 draw for Vicente del Bosque's side in the Group C opener, but the 25-year-old admitted he was as shocked as anyone to start the game and lead the attack.
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“I didn't expect it either,” he told Telecino. “I was as surprised as anyone.
“I hadn't played for a month and a half, and with the goal, it was special. So I am happy. It [playing as a false nine] was something we hadn't planned as the Barcelona players only joined the squad later on, but we have shown we have a lot of [tactical] variety.”
Spain are looking to become the first side to win three consecutive international tournaments, having won Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland and the World Cup in 2010.