Sergio Ramos complimented Italy on forcing a ‘more fortunate’ Spain to ‘give everything they had’ to win their Confederations Cup semi-final.
La Roja can look ahead to Sunday night’s final against Brazil at Maracana after a 7-6 penalty shootout win over La Nazionale decided a goalless 120 minutes.
“We have been more fortunate than them,” admitted Ramos post-match.
“Being in the final as we desired…we have given up everything as a team against another who our hats are off to, they are one of the best in the world.
“I congratulate them on their tournament.”
Ramos took one of Spain’s penalties in their successful shootout, but saw no repeat of his Panenka effort from Euro 2012 against Portugal.
“It was very clear, the consideration of the Panenka was ruled out for the goalkeeper who was in front of us. I had to wait until the final moment, but Buffon stood rooted.
“Jesus Navas’ winning spot-kick? Perhaps he was calmer that the previous penalty had gone over the bar.
“He is a great player and this is a very important moment in his career.”