Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his regret in failing to save in particular Andres Iniesta’s spot-kick during yesterday’s Confederations Cup semi-final.
The Italian was beaten from all seven penalties he faced in Italy’s 7-6 shootout defeat to Spain in Fortaleza last night.
“Only one team can win when it gets to penalties and, even if it hurts, we have to accept it. Football is like that,” conceded Buffon.
“I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get to the Iniesta penalty. It was really close to my hand and had I stopped that then we would perhaps be talking about something else now.
“We will leave here with our heads held high. I want to underline that, when it counts, Italy always respond.
“I’ve always said that we deliver because of our technical ability and our affection for the shirt. That allows us to overcome obstacles that, at first sight, seem insurmountable.
“I’m proud of what we did. There is no need to party about it, but I believe that many have appreciated the way we played and suffered.”