Spain vs. Italy Euro 2012: Ranking the Best and Worst Players in Group C Match

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Spain vs. Italy Euro 2012: Ranking the Best and Worst Players in Group C Match
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The defending champions' first match is over, and it certainly did not disappoint. Italy held Spain to a 1-1 draw and will even feel undone not to have left with three points.

There were a few interesting decisions from both managers that will have people talking for days.

Cesare Prandelli chose to use Daniele De Rossi in central defense, risking a loss of cover for his midfield. On the other hand, Vicente del Bosque took a few risks that were far less impressive.

Choosing not to field a striker or even a forward, Spain lined up with six midfielders. Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas all took turns playing as a center forward.

In the end, the attack was handicapped by this decision, and Spain were fortunate that Emanuele Giaccherini let loose Fabregas for the equalizer.

The defensive selections also proved ineffective for Spain. Not one of La Roja's back four played well against Italy.

Some players overcame these managerial decisions and even excelled in new positions. Others did not adjust as well and were left irrelevant in the opener.

What follows are my selections for the five best and five worst players in Group C's opener. After reading, feel free to comment below.

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