Former Spain coach and television summariser Jose Camacho summed it up for the losing semi-finalists. ‘We’re out but we have a team again’, he said after Jorginho had rolled in Italy’s winning penalty.
They didn’t think they had a team, certainly not one to go within penalty kicks of the final. But a young side emerged under the command of Luis Enrique and they go forward to the next World Cup with realistic hopes of winning in Qatar.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Pedri was in tears after the shoot-out. He will be the talisman from here on in. He played every minute, ran more than any other player, and will now win the Golden Boy award - a small consolation but he has plenty of time to lift trophies aged just 18.
He is not the only player with a big international future ahead of him. Ferran Torres is only 21, Dani Olmo