Prandelli disappointed at letting lead slip against Spain

The Azzurri coach was pleased at his side's positive display and tendency to play as a unit in Gdansk, but spoke of his sadness at Cesc Fabregas' goal to draw the teams level
Cesare Prandelli has declared his happiness with Italy's performance in the 1-1 draw with Spain at Euro 2012 on Sunday, but was left to rue their opponents' equaliser.

La Nazionale boss made an inspired substitution in replacing Mario Balotelli with Antonio Di Natale early in the second half, as the Udinese forward put the Azzurri level, but Cesc Fabregas earned a point for the Spaniards moments later.

After the match, Prandelli was understandably happy at his side's attempt to take the game to La Roja, having showed solidity at the back and a will to attack throughout, but not so much with the Barcelona star's response.

"The result was a fair one. Our intention was to play the game, not just contain our opponents," Prandelli told Rai Uno.

"The draw? There is regret at seeing our lead slip. In a few days, we have changed our attitude both physically and mentally. We played as a team and well."

Prandelli was then asked for his opinion on the showings of Antonio Cassano and Balotelli, both of whom were subsituted after the break, adding: "They played well too, they didn't score but they helped the team; that was what i asked of them."

Italy and Spain find themselves with a point apiece in Group C.