Torres gunning for crucial win

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Fernando Torres says Spain are ready to move on from their Euro 2012 opening draw against Italy and will now turn their attention to their next group game against the Republic of Ireland.

The reigning champions couldn’t find a way past Italy as they opened their defence of they crown they secured in 2008 in unspectacular fashion having gone into the game without a recognised striker, instead opting to deploy Cesc Fabregas up front before Torres entered the fray.

Italy opened the scoring thanks to a second half effort from substitute Antonio di Natale before Fabregas notched the equaliser soon after to ensure they shared the spoils.

Torres could have won the game for his side having entered the fray late on however, but the Chelsea forward seemingly bought his lack of confidence at club level to the international stage and spurned three gilt-edged chances.

Ireland meanwhile succumbed to a devastating 3-1 defeat against Croatia in their opening game of the tournament – a game Giovanni Trapattoni’s men needed to win if they had any realistic hopes of making it to the knockout stages.

Torres believes a point against Italy represents a good result – but says Spain must pick up two wins from two in their remaining group fixtures.

"I wouldn't say it's a disaster but we have to win every game now," he said.

"We knew it was Italy and what we were up against. Now we have to try and finish top of the group."

Torres was also adamant that Spain’s tactical set up had nothing to do with the result, and believes Fabregas coped well playing in an unfamiliar position.

"What's important is Spain win regardless of whether it's with a striker or without. Cesc played a great match," he commented.

"It's not a bad result by any means. We were playing against the four-time world champions and once Euro champions."

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