Spain coach Luis Aragones believes his side deserved victory as they battled away to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 thanks to a penalty victory over Italy on Sunday evening.
"It is our prize for the duty we carried out. We deserved it. We have won on points," Aragonés said. "But we still have to improve. Still, this has been very important for our football.
"This squad is so united. We have not played superbly, nor did Italy. We would liked to have had a quicker rhythm to the game.
"I am happy like everyone else. We have won a small battle, albeit from the penalty spot."