Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was proud of their victory over world and European champions Spain last night.

Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo's goal was cancelled out by a soft Xabi Alonso penalty before Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani's late deflected equaliser.

"We have to take it the right way. We showed grit and sharpness, so played well. However, we've got to work more, because we lost our organisation for a while when tiredness set in," said the Coach.

Antonio Cassano wore the captain's armband in his hometown stadium.

"We showed character, courage and perhaps too much respect. Cassano gave no reference points, hit at the right time and I'm happy for him. It's one of his best performances for Italy.

"Mario Balotelli did well and the important thing is even a few minutes can give you a good indication."