Italians speak of success
Italian players have spoken about their last-gap 2-1 win over Scotland on Saturday
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 18/11/07 11:01pm
Italian players have spoken about their last-gap 2-1 win over Scotland on Saturday which sent them through to next summer's Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.
The World Cup winners progressed from Group B thanks to Christian Panucci's controversial last-minute goal.
It was the perfect way for the Roma defender to re-pay the faith of coach Roberto Donadoni, who re-called him back into the national side.
Panucci said: "I'm happy to have helped a serious person like Roberto Donadoni.
"This has been the night I dreamt of and that I never thought I would live. I feel younger than my son.
"This is the most important goal of my life - the one that sent us to the European championship.
"I'd like to leave already now for Austria and Switzerland, but the decision, should I deserve this, will be up to Donadoni."
Earlier Luca Toni had sent the Azzurri on their way with a second minute goal, which was cancelled out by Scottish captain Barry Ferguson's equaliser in the 65th minute.
Toni said his goal at such an early stage of the game was important as it meant they could seize the initiative in such a hostile environment.
Team-mate Fabio Cannavaro added they again showed themselves to be "a strong and compact side."