Fabregas blasts pitch

The Barcelona midfielder grabbed the equaliser for Vicente Del Bosque’s men shortly after Antonio Di Natale had put the Azzurri ahead after 61 minutes.

Spain’s Cesc Fabregas (left) during Sunday’s tie against Italy. PIC/AFP

Spain had late chances to win it, most notably through Fernando Torres, but Italy held on for a deserved point in the Group C opener.

Fabregas, who was preferred to Torres in the starting line-up in a 4-6-0 formation, felt the slow pitch at the Arena Gdansk prevented Spain from playing their high-tempo game. He said: “I don’t want to complain, but we deserve much more. It is lamentable that we have to play on a pitch like this.”

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