Daniele De Rossi leapt to captain Gianluigi Buffon’s defence following the goalkeeper’s mistake in the natch against Spain.
The veteran goalie made a mistake after failing to make an interception to allow Vitolo open the scoring for Spain. However, De Rossi equalised for Italy from the spot.
And the Roma man also bemoaned the fact that Buffon has kept his blunders to a minimum for Juventus.
“The best goalkeeper in history can make mistakes, too – otherwise, he’d be a machine,” the Roma midfielder told Rai Sport.
“I would have preferred him to make a mistake for Juventus rather than Italy, but you can’t have everything!”
De Rossi felt Italy deserved a point for the way in which they improved their performance after a tame opening hour in which they failed to register a shot.
“It was tough, especially in the first half,” he said. “Spain always control the ball, but in the first half we were too deep and allowed them too much possession. We were too weak in the tackle and then we kept giving them back the ball.
“The first half was bad, but the second was much better – the comeback is in our DNA. The draw isn’t the best result, but I think the group that did well in Euro 2016 is still going strong.
“When you concede, the attitude has to change. Before the goal we were too timid and we didn’t push hard enough.
“Many teams in our position would have lost, but we drew, and we risked looking for a winner at the end. We got that intensity back.”