Euro 2012: Spain crowned Kings of Europe
Spanish Armada rolled on as Spain blanked Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final. Not only did Spain retain their crown but also became the first ever team to lift the World Cup sandwiched between two European Championships.
Spanish Armada rolled on as Spain blanked Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final. Not only did Spain retain their crown but also became the first ever team to lift the World Cup sandwiched between two European Championships. (All AFP Photos)
It was the "Golden Boy" David Silva who opened the scoring for Spain after a pin point accurate pass from Alvaro Arbeloa.
Mario Balotelli was not allowed to open up like he did in the semi final against Germany as Spain guarded him beautifully.
It was defender and Barcelona's recent signing, Jordi Alba who scored the second one for Spain to send shivers amongst the Italian camp. It was Xavi this time with the pass. Gianluigi Buffon once again was a mere spectator.
Italy were in for a shock as their substitution backfired and Thiago Motta stayed on the field for just 3 minutes.
Iker Casillas ensured that he got a clean sheet in the the final of the Euro 2012. It also meant Italy had all passages blocked for any chance of a recovery.
Fernando Torres scored in a major final yet again as Spain rejoiced. Italy, but, had more trouble awaiting.
It was Juan Mata who converted his moments of fame into special magic as a Fernando Torres pass put him on for a simple tap in. This was also the final nail in the Italian coffin.
Gianluigi Buffon did not have the perfect ending as Italy were blanked and he was the man who faced all the action.
It was all Spanish Armada, La Roja and tiki-taka at the Kiev as Spain blanked Italy to lift the European championship.
For Mario Balotelli, it was not to be his day. Here he is seen greeting UEFA President Michel Platini after the loss.
Spain though had the perfect Euro 2012 final as 4 different players scored goals and Iker Casillas had a clean sheet. The trophy and the celebrations were, quite obviously, euphoric.
Iker Casillas seen lifting the European Cup as his teammates exult.