Related Betting Tips
Euro 2012 - Spain VS Italy Final

Spain crushed Italy 4-0 in Kiev to win Euro 2012 and retain their title as kings of the continent

 

Spain vs. Italy Final

Pre-tournament favourites Spain were crowned champions of Euro 2012 in Kiev on Sunday evening after routing Italy 4-0 in what was arguably one of the most accomplished international performances in recent memory.

Vicente Del Bosque’s side really did save their best until last and turned on the style to become the first nation in history to triumph at three consecutive major competitions.

And the outcome was never in doubt from the moment David Silva headed in the opening goal on 14 minutes to round off a stunning Spanish move which saw a flood of red shirts inhibit the Italian penalty area.

The Azzurri were subsequently on the back foot and crucially unable to get star playmaker Andrea Pirlo involved to the required extent.

The Iberians had clearly done their homework on the Juventus man who pulled all of the Italian strings throughout victories against England and Germany in the quarter and semi-final respectively.

It was common belief that to stop Italy playing teams had to pressurise Pirlo and Cesc Fabregas, playing as Spain’s makeshift forward, did an outstanding job of nullifying the 33-year-old’s supply.

Indeed, Pirlo was frequently dropping into what seemed like a sweepers role to gain any time on the ball, meaning that Italy were barely able to formulate attacks in the Spanish half.

And the contest was more or less put to bed four minutes before the break when left back Jordi Alba darted through a jaded Azzurri back line to slot home the second goal of the game.

Italy were forced to gamble in the second half and Cesare Prandelli’s substitution almost paid off as Antonio Di Natale went through on goal, only to be denied by a superb save from Iker Casillas who would go on to record his 79th clean sheet for Spain.

The underdogs never really looked like hitting back with thirty minutes remaining however their slim chances were dealt further harm when final substitute Thiago Motta had to leave the field with an injury – meaning Italy would have to see out the remainder a man light.

It was subsequently only a matter of time before Spain handed out more punishment and they extended their advantage on 84 minutes through Fernando Torres who exploited an Italian rear guard now dead on their feet.

And the Chelsea marksman would go on to land the Golden Boot, not via scoring again himself, but through an assist for club team mate Juan Mata, which earned him the accolade on a tie break over a group of other players all tied on three goals.

It was a truly magical display from Del Bosque’s charges and no doubt a great deal of credit will be given out to the coach who got his tactics spot on for the occasion.

Italy will be pleased on reflection to have reached the final but this really was a step too far for the Azzurri who had committed a lot against England and Germany en route to the Kiev showpiece.