Spain 4 Italy 0 – Spain run riot in Kiev to win Euro 2012 final
Spain reign again! La Furia Roja began the European Championship with a lacklustre 1-1 draw against Italy, although Vicente del Bosque’s team produced a vintage display to beat the same team in the Euro 2012 final.
July 1st, 2012
The result was barely in doubt as soon as David Silva had headed home Cesc Fabregas’ short-range cross in the 14th minute, while Jordi Alba raced through from a left-back position just before half-time to double the Spanish lead.
Cesare Prandelli was forced into making changes, although the Italian manager was unfortunate to see Thiago Motta injured shortly after appearing as a second-half substitute, allowing Spain to completely control the second half.
Fernando Torres appearing as a late substitute was the last thing a tiring Italian defence wanted to see and the Chelsea forward scored in the 84th minute before turning provider four minutes later to see Juan Mata slot home into an empty net.
Spain have now won three consecutive major tournaments and are favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, with Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Jordi Alba among those players who will feature.
For Italy, it was a fine achievement to reach the final and there was never any sign they would trouble Spain throughout the ninety minutes.