Del Bosque pleased with Spain form going into quarterfinals

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is satisfied with their form going into the Euros quarterfinals.

The former Real Madrid boss insisted his side controlled the majority of the game and defended his decision to again play without a natural striker once Fernando Torres had been withdrawn with half an hour remaining.

He told AS: "I watched the game again last night. Everyone who has analysed it said we struggled a lot but I realised that we didn't do things so badly.

"The threat existed but I think we did things relatively well. It was a horrible game for us. The talk of fixes and pacts and that a draw suited us made it a very difficult game.

"I accept you are not in agreement with what I saw. There are distinct opinions. You always have to look at the results. Defensively, there was only Rakitic's chance and a shot from (Darijo) Srna. We didn't have penetration but that can happen in football. I think they had more difficulty than us when we had a striker and when we didn't. With Fernando (Torres) and without him there were two separate games, like the day against Italy. The Rakitic effort has left us with this sensation but I wouldn't say Croatia dominated."

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