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Iniesta brands pitch a 'disaster' following Italy draw

The Spain midfielder and his Barcelona teammates Xavi and Cesc Fabregas have lamented the quality of the playing surface in Gdansk after their Euro 2012 opener.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has branded the Gdansk pitch a "disaster" following his side's 1-1 draw with Italy.

The pre-tournament favorites fell behind to Cesare Prandelli's men on the slow playing surface but rescued a point thanks to a Cesc Fabregas equalizer.

And, after the match, the Spaniard hit out at the quality of the pitch, claiming it stifled Vicente del Bosque's team's passing football.

"Seeing the pitch in those conditions is a disaster," He told reporters. "It was incredibly dry and that makes circulation of the ball difficult."

Iniesta's Barcelona teammate Fabregas was also quick to comment on the conditions after his side's Group C opener.

"I can't complain, but we deserved much more." he said. "It's shameful that we still have to play on pitches like that."

And Xavi added: "The fact that they didn't water the pitch persecuted our dynamic and fluid play."

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