Prandelli hails Italy's 'courage'
The Azzurri took the lead after ten minutes through Riccardo Montolivo and although Xabi Alonso drew Spain level from the penalty spot before the break, Alberto Aquilani grabbed the winner six minutes from time. Prandelli was encouraged by the display and told RAI Sport: "We must take this victory in the right way.
"For as long as we had the legs and the lucidity in our play we had a great game, but thereafter we lacked a little and we saw the order of what we have to do - to work even harder still, especially when we don't have the ball."
The coach was delighted by the performance of Antonio Cassano, who was given the captaincy for the match in his home city. "He attacked space at the right time. It was one of his best performances for the national team," Prandelli added.
Goalscorer Montolivo said: "We are happy because we faced a very strong and proven team. Our approach to the game went well and we were especially good in the first half-hour.
"We gave a little, but in terms of ball possession it was hard to fight them. We will never be like Barcelona, but we can provide quality on the counter-attack. Today we had an answer, and we did it. The crowd were fantastic and have dragged us to this victory."