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Prandelli delighted to win lottery against England

italy euro2012 finalsItaly coach Cesare Prandelli believes his side deserved to beat England in last night's Euro 2012 final but that they also needed a bit of good luck to win on penalties.

Italy will now face Germany on Thursday from 19:45 (GMT) for a place in the Euro2012 final against Portugal or Spain, while England will be on the plane home.

"I wasn't surprised; I knew we could control the game, My worry was that we were allowing England too much space on the break - we could have been a bit cleverer in our build-up play.'' Prandelli said.

"We tried to play football. We tried to draw England out, we tried to hit them quickly. I think if we'd scored in the 90 minutes it would have been an even better game.

"Penalties are a lottery but I thought we deserved victory in the end. When [Riccardo] Montolivo missed his penalty I was sad as he was one of the best players. I was watching with my arm around my son and I told him he was lucky he didn't have to buy a ticket.

"When Andrea Pirlo stepped up I was very calm - he's a star and knew what he needed to do; and he did it. Around 80% of penalty shoot-outs go down to luck. Some players are used to this kind of pressure, some are just calm in these situations - but mainly it's down to good fortune.

"We are delighted but we have to get ready for Germany now. They have had two more days' rest [but] if we have the same approach, the same desire, I think we can compete.

"Germany and Spain are favourites here. We'll need everyone fit and fresh; we're going to go for it. They're always attacking games against Germany. Germany are a great side - they made changes against Greece and it made no difference.

"The game here hasn't long ended and we want to get our players fit - we just want to go home and get to bed, to be honest."