Spain’s central defender Sergio Ramos is ready to face tournament favorites Italy in the second round of the 2016 UEFA European Championships.
Spain were unable to seal top spot in Group D after losing 2-1 to Croatia, who went on to top the group. The loss, which was Spain’s first at the Euros in 12 years, now means they will face the Azurri in the second round.
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata had given Spain the lead in the first half, but goals from Nikola Kalinic and Ivan Perisic secured a vital win for Croatia.
30-year old Ramos missed a penalty during the game, and admitted the team needed to learn from the game to prevent a recurrence against Italy.
“We have to dance now with the favourites, but you need to face them so you can be champion,” the Real Madrid defender told Telecinco.
“This Euro is just proving everyone can beat you. We need to think game by game. It was quite a weird game. We dominated at first, had chances, took the lead… but we forgave them.
“I had the penalty chance but I missed it. It’s a pity. At least we got the qualification but we face now a more difficult opponent.
“The team has been good in everything but the result. We could have taken a good result, but we need to move on, learn from this game so we can avoid it in the last-16 round and try to have another clean sheet just as we were doing in our last games.”