Buffon explains Pedro goal

Gianluigi Buffon has revealed he was unsighted for the goal scored by Pedro in Spain’s 1-0 win over Italy.

The Juventus goalkeeper appeared to make an error in allowing the strike from the Barcelona winger past him but he explained to Italian broadcaster Rai Sport that his vision was compromised at the crucial time.

“On the goal there was confusion with so many people in front of me,” Buffon explained.

“Pedro hit it first time and if he had hit it more cleanly then I could well have saved it, but the scuff took it slightly behind me.

“There was also a player right in front of me who was on the limit of offside and his presence meant I only saw the ball in its final three metres.”

Buffon added that he didn’t feel debutant Diego Costa was quite up to speed with how Spain like to play and predicted a period of adaptation will be needed for the Brazil-born forward.

“Diego Costa has particular characteristics that will have to adapt to the way Spain play over time,” Buffon continued.

“With their system, it is inevitable he’ll have to adapt to them rather than the other way round.”

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