Cazorla admits Spain had to suffer against Ukraine

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Santi Cazorla featured in the second-half for Spain, as they laboured to beat Ukraine.

It wasn't the most stellar of Spain performances, with just the one goal from Juventus striker, Alvaro Morata, edging La Roja to a narrow 1-0 victory against Ukraine.

Spain began to struggle for control of possession in the second half, which lead to coach Vicente Del Bosque making changes, as he sent on Arsenal man Santi Cazorla for Barcelona veteran, Andres Iniesta. Towards the end La Roja improved, but couldn't get that elusive second, killer goal.

Speaking with broadcasters after the final whistle, via AS, Santi Cazorla analysed Spain's difficulties in front of goal, explaining: "The important thing is that we made chances. The score is a narrow one, but we could have scored more goals. We would have liked more goals, but you have to create chances and that's what matters most."

The Arsenal midfield maestro also acknowledged that with just the one goal advantage, it was always likely to be difficult against Ukraine, as they tried to mount a comeback, accepting: "At just 1-0 you always have to suffer and Iker (Casillas) has needed to save some shots from them. 1-0 is always a dangerous score, becayse at set-pieces they're a strong side and they've created problems for us."

Ultimately, it's the three points gained in Group C of EURO 2016 that counts most of all for Spain, but it wasn't the best of displays from the team, at the Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium in Sevilla.

Vicente Del Bosque was visibly annoyed on the touchline midway through the second half, as his side seemed to have difficulty controlling possession. One of their usual trademarks.

This lead to the introduction of Cazorla from the bench to add a little more finesse to Spain's game. In conclusion and weighing up the overall performance, the 30-year-old reflected: "We would have liked to win this game another way, more comfortably, but in football not everything goes the way you want it to."

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