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Prandelli hails Italy recovery

Created on Mar. 22, 2013 1:04 AM EST

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has praised his side's spirit after they performed a thrilling fightback to draw 2-2 with Brazil.

Fred and Oscar's first-half strikes fired Brazil into a comfortable lead at half-time on Thursday, but Daniele De Rossi pulled a goal back before Mario Balotelli's 25-yard strike levelled the scores in Geneva.

And former Fiorentina boss Prandelli said his team's second-half comeback was just reward for their impressive performance.

"We had a great game. We were down 2-0 at break. I looked to transmit the feeling we could score then equalise," Prandelli told Rai.

"We risked a lot being 2-0 down but we were better organised in the second half. It was good spirit from the team.

"I like us being in this form as it gives us more confidence."

Prandelli defended Mario Balotelli - who missed several chances - and Mattia De Sciglio - who could be blamed for both Brazil goals - after the hard-fought draw in Switzerland.

"(Balotelli) had the best opportunities and scored a great goal," he said.

"The important thing is that he is at the top of his game during competitions.

"Mattia De Sciglio showed great technique and maturity."

Italy face Malta in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification on Tuesday.

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