Spain Tops Italy: Nabs 2nd Straight Euro Championship
Iker Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Javi Martinez and Fernando Torres of Spain celebrate victory (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Spain reasserted its lofty place in football hierarchy after hammering out a 4-0 victory over Italy in the finals of 2012 Euro Championship at Kiev Olympic Stadium.
Spain booked its second straight European championship and third consecutive major international title in swashbuckling fashion as they came up with a dominant performance against the Azzuri in the 2012 Euro Finals.
David Silva struck first in the 14th minute with a beautiful header off a cross from Andres Iniesta while Jordi Alba calmly slotted a shot pass Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to make a 2-0 Spain lead just before the end of the first half.
Trailing by 2-0 at the break, Azzurri entered the second half with a renewed commitment on defense but the Spaniards still slipped through defenders. Fernando Torres nailed his third goal of the tournament in the 84th minute and Juan Matta capped the celebration with another in the 88th minute.
But the man of the match remains the 32-year-old Xavi, who architected almost all scoring opportunities for Spain.
Italy's striker Mario Balotelli, the hero in the Azzuri's semifinal win against the Germans, was not given even a single ounce of daylight by a phalanx of Spanish defenders.
After almost a month of matches, celebrations and tears Euro 2012 is over. In the end favourites Spain lifted the trophy, making history, as they became the first team to retain the European Championship title and win three consecutive major international titles
Euro 2012 highs and lows
- Spain Tops Italy: Nabs 2nd Straight Euro Championship
- Super Mario Balotelli Lifts Italy Past Germany into Euro Final
- David Beckham Surprise Omission from Great Britain's Olympic Soccer Team
- Spain Tops Portugal in Penalty Shootout, Advances to Euro Final
- Italy Hopes to Get Key Players Back vs Germany
- Spain and Portugal Ready for Euro 2012 Semi-final Battle
- Italy Tops England in Penalty Shootout
- Alonso Sparks Spain Past France into Semifinals
- Germany Posts Record 15th Straight Win, Books Place in Euro 2012 Semis
- Greece Faces Daunting Task vs Germany in Euro 2012 Quarterfinals
- Ronaldo's Header Powers Portugal into Euro 2012 Semis
- England and France Move On to Euro 2012 Quarterfinals
- Spain And Italy Move on to Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Round
- Germany and Portugal March into Euro 2012 Quarterfinals
- Coach Del Bosque Signs Contract Extension with Spain
- Czechs and Greeks Advance to Euro 2012 Soccer Quarterfinals
- Fernando Torres Stars in Spain's 4-0 Win Over Ireland
- Euro 2012: Portugal Edges Denmark; Germany Tops Netherlands
- Euro 2012: Czechs Drub Greece; Poland Ties Russia
- Euro 2012: England and France Battle to Draw at Euro 2012
- United States Settles for Tie on Road Against Guatemala
- Euro 2012: Italy Ties Defending Champion Spain; Croatia Dumps Ireland
- Euro 2012: Denmark Shocks Netherlands; Germany Edges Portugal
- Euro 2012: Russia Trounces Czech Republic; Poland-Greece Draw
- World Cup Qualifying: US Faces Tough Challenge in Guatemala
- Sweden Ends Euro 2012 Preparation with Win vs Serbia
- Brazil Downs United States in Exhibition Soccer Match
- Spanish Soccer Squad Unleashes True Form Against South Korea
- Landon Donovan Hat Trick Powers United States Past Scotland
- Offensive-Minded Coach, Goal Scorers Boost US Soccer Team
- Soccer Bridges Distance Between Manchester City and Abu Dhabi
- Manchester City Wins Premiere League Crown After 44 Years
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