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Spain in a Class of Their Own

Spain vs Italy
Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kiev.

David Silva

David Silva of Spain (Photo: Wikipedia)

Could Spain make it a third major trophy in a row or would Italy be crowned new kings of Europe; by beating the world champions in Kiev?

Who would have thought it would have been so one-sided.

Spain began the Euro 2012 final with some quick interchanging of passes and even a couple of early shots on goal.

The World United Through Football Spain 1 – Italy 0 (14mins)
A goal was on the cards as Italy struggled to cope with Spain’s passing and movement; Cesc Fábregas ran into the right side of the penalty box then flicked the ball up for David Silva to power into the goal with his forehead.

With Pirlo neutralised, Italy were finding it hard to get back into the game.

The World United Through Football Spain 2 – Italy 0
Spain’s lead was doubled just before the break thanks to Jordi Alba’s quick running on the left and Xavi’s perfectly weighted ball into the left-back’s path.

Half-time: Spain 2 – Italy 0

Italy never really came into the game in the second-half.

The World United Through Football Spain 3 – Italy 0 (84mins)
Just when it seemed the fans had gone to sleep, Fernando Torres made it three for Spain; three goals and three winners medals on the trot.

The World United Through Football Spain 4 – Italy 0 (88mins)
Juan Mata came on with four minutes to play and soon scored the fourth for Spain; quite possibly the best world footballing team since the Brazil of 1970.

Final Score: Spain 4 – Italy 0

Teams

Travel to Spain
1-Iker Casillas; 3-Gerard Piqué, 15-Sergio Ramos, 17-Álvaro Arbeloa, 18-Jordi Alba; 8-Xavi, 14-Xabi Alonso, 16-Sergio Busquets; 6-Andrés Iniesta, 10-Cesc Fábregas, 21-David Silva.

Travel to Italy
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 7-Ignazio Abate, 15-Andrea Barzagli, 19-Leonardo Bonucci; 8-Claudio Marchisio, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 18-Riccardo Montolivo, 21-Andrea Pirlo; 9-Mario Balotelli, 10-Antonio Cassano.

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July 1, 2012 - Posted by | Euro 2012, Italy, Match Reports, Spain | , , , ,

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