Spain have no intention of
playing for the 2-2 draw against Croatia on Monday that would
send both sides through to the quarter-finals at the expense of
Euro 2012 Group C rivals Italy, coach Vicente del Bosque said.
Spain's 4-0 drubbing of Ireland and Italy's 1-1 stalemate
with Croatia means even if the Italians beat the Irish, who are
already out, they would be eliminated as long as the other match
is a scoring draw of two goals each or more.
Italy cried foul when they were eliminated from the 2004
European Championship in similar circumstances after a 2-2 draw
between Sweden and Denmark sent the Scandinavian neighbours
through from their group and the Italians out.
"We are sportsmen and both the Croats and us will go out to
win," Del Bosque told a news conference after his side's
impressive performance against the Irish in Gdansk on Thursday.
"I have not made any calculations and we should be
interested only in victory," he added.
Del Bosque praised Fernando Torres after he deployed the
striker from the start against Ireland and he responded with two
goals, including the opener on four minutes that set the world
and European champions on their way to a dominant win.
Torres was included in place of Cesc Fabregas, who normally
plays in midfield but was given a roving attacking role in
Sunday's 1-1 comeback draw with Italy and scored the equaliser.
Against the Irish, Fabregas came on for Torres with around a
quarter of an hour left and crashed home Spain's fourth goal off
a post from a tight angle in the 83rd minute.
"We have a squad of 23 players and all of them are capable
of playing," Del Bosque said.
"We have the same confidence in Fabregas that we had four
days ago but we also have other resources that we have to make
the most of," he added.
"Fernando Torres is an option. We had possession of the ball
and we had to make the best use of his speed and movement.
"He played the ideal match and those people who thought he
could play the first game as well are also partly right."
Spain and Croatia have four points each from two matches,
with Italy on two and Ireland on zero.
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