"However, we came back and were able to tie the score from the set-piece. Italy scored in the last few minutes but we also had more chances to score. That was the big difference: Italy didn't miss any chances."
Elsewhere in the group on Tuesday, Brazil beat a Mexico team containing Reds striker Javier Hernandez 2-0 in Fortaleza. New Barcelona signing Neymar opened the scoring with a brilliant volley on nine minutes. He was involved for Brazil's second, too, when he skipped into the box, past two defenders and squared for former Manchester City forward Jo to tap home in injury-time.
Mexico and Japan meet each other in Belo Horizonte on Saturday at 20:00 BST in what's effectively a Group A third-place decider.