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The Udinese striker is pleased with the strike that saw him fire the Azzurri into the lead in their opening Euro 2012 match

Italy striker Antonio Di Natale has hailed his goal against Spain in their Euro 2012 opener on Sunday as his best ever international goal.

The Udinese man came off the bench to fire Italy in front after 60 minutes, but a Cesc Fabregas equaliser four minutes later ensured the game finished 1-1.

Di Natale is pleased that he managed to hit the back of the net against the competition’s defending champions in Spain.

"I am very happy I scored immediately, on the first ball I had.” Di Natale told Rai Sport.

“Great assist from Pirlo, I think this is my best goal for the Azzurri.”

Di Natale missed a horrific spot-kick in the Euro 2008 quarter-final against Spain, so the Italian is glad he managed to restore the balance.

“I remember the penalty I missed four years ago against Spain.” Di Natale continued. “It's nice to score against them."

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