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Spain: No regrets for not eliminating Italy

 Spain's Xavi Hernandez, right, and teammates celebrate after Xabi Alonso scored on a penalty kick his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer ...
 Italy's Mario Balotelli, center, celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in War...
 Italy's Mario Balotelli, right,  and Germany's Mats Hummels jump for an header during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germa...

Soccer Euro 2012 Spain France

Spain's Xavi Hernandez, right, and teammates celebrate after Xabi Alonso scored on a penalty kick his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer ...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Italy's Mario Balotelli, center, celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in War...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Italy's Mario Balotelli, right, and Germany's Mats Hummels jump for an header during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germa...

Two weeks ago, long before either team had earned a spot in the final, Spain had a chance to eliminate Italy from the European Championship.
In the final round of group matches, Spain played Croatia knowing that a 2-2 draw would send both teams to the quarterfinals _ and send Italy home early for the third straight time at a major championship.
It didn't happen, and now it is Italy that will be trying to stop Spain from winning its third straight major championship on Sunday at Kiev's Olympic Stadium.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says "we'll never regret not having drawn with Croatia to eliminate Italy. That wouldn't have been good for the sport."


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:23 GMT+08:00