Spain make history
Spain destroys Italy for 3rd consecutive Major in record setting fashion
There was no David Villa to play forward so Spain had to innovate their own proven tactics by playing much of the tournament without a traditional forward do to the mediocre form of Fernando Torres. There was also no Carles Puyol which forced Spain Boss Vicente Del Bosque to move RB Sergio Ramos to the center and give Alvaro Arbeloa his first real oppurtunity to shine for La Roja. In the end even without those 2 very improtant pieces who were invaluable during the triumphs in both South Africa and before that in Vienna, Spain continued their unprecendented dominance in international soccer by sweeping away an 10 man Italy 4-0 in the final of EURO 12 in Kiev to secure their place in the soccer history books.
La Roja opened the scoring through David Silva who point blanked headed in a wonderful cross from Cesc Fabregas who himself was on the recieving end of an Andres Iniesta through ball that led him to the back line before pulling back the pass that gave Spain the early lead in the 14th minute. After that it was a Italy who attempted to get on the scoring sheet but Spanish keeper Iker Casillas continued his record setting play by denying Italy more than once until Xavi Hernandez was able to find a streaking Jordi Alba in the 43th minute for Spain's second and effectively end the match and give Spain their unprecendented treble. To add to Italy's troubles substitute Thiago Motta was carried off with an injury after only 4 minutes on the pitch in the second half to leave Italy with 10 men for the final half hour. A Fernando Torres goal followed by a Torres assist to club team mate Juan Mata for the 4th ended the scoring for Spain and left the world with the un-mistakable feeling that they are the best team to ever play the game.