“We expected something different from Italy, and also from Austria, who surprised us,” Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia. “We were lucky with the disallowed goal. We were given a real scare, but it can be positive. When everything goes well, you’re less ready when something goes wrong, it’s normal.
“We’re happy to progress. We’ve lost about two kilos with the tension.”
In extra time, goals from substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina saw Gli Azzurri into the quarter-finals.