Spain demolishes Italy to win EURO 2012 final

Spain are champions of european football after beating Italy by 4 goals to 0. David Silva and Jordi Alba scored in the first half while substitutes Fernando Torres and Juan Mata completed the demolishing of the Italians.

Spain demolishes Italy to win EURO 2012 final

Fernando Torres and Juan Mata came on as substitutes to finish the Italian job

The Spaniards achieved the record of being the first team ever to win the European championship back to back while winning the world cup in-between. 

The Spaniards only conceded one goal in Euro 2012, same number they conceded in the 2010 world cup in South Africa.

Spain demolishes Italy to win EURO 2012 final

 

UPDATES

21:37 FULL TIME. SPAIN 4-0 ITALY

21:35 Three minutes added time, Spain pushing for the 4th goal.

21:31 GOOOOOOOOOAAAL!!! Goal number 4 Spain 4-0 Italy. Goal scored by Mata who was substituted one minute ago. He replaced Iniesta.

21:26 Seven minutes left in the match. GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! Spain’s scores third goal against the tired Italains. Spain 3-0 Italy

21:22 Great tik-taka play by Spain ends in an offside just in front of the keeper

Playing one man less, the Italians are struggling to stay in the game and showing signs of tiredness.

21:18 Torres comes on for Fabregas. 15 minutes remaining.

21:14 20 minutes to go, the match is becoming one sided as Italy manages to keep up the steam with just 10 men.

21:08 Italy may complete the match with just 10 men. Thiago Motta who was stretched out for injury may not come back into the match. Italy have finished their substitution.

21:05 Motta who just entered, three minutes ago, is stretched out for an injury.

21:02 Another Balotelli power shot goes wide. Pedro replaces David Silva for Spain.

21:00 56′ Montalivo leaves the pitch for Thiago Motta. Statistics favours Spain to win this match. They have 29 matches unbeaten run since the qualifiers for this tournament.

20:53 48′ A loud appeal by Spain for a penalty is overlooked as Bonucci handled the ball in the Italian box.

20:51 Fabregas makes an impressive dribble in Italy’spenalty area. Keepers save the Italians but the Spanish gets a corner.

20:49 Second half begins. Italy makes an impressive start. Di-Natalie replaces Cassano.

Going into the dressing room, the Italian team knows it has an herculean task ahead. Spain has conceded only one goal in this competition, and that goal was from the Italians

Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba sees Spain lead Italy 2-0. The Italians now have 45′ to get back into the game. 

20:33 second half end. Spain leads Italy by two goals.

20:32 Two minutes to the end of the first half, Andre Bazagli gets a yellow for a foul on Iniesta.

20:28 GOOOOOOAL!!! Spain 2:0 Italy. Jordi Alba puts up a good strike to score his first goal for Spain in the tounament, puting his country two goals ahead of Italy

20:25 Mario Balotelli gets first shot on goal. He shoots wide, from outside the 18 yard box. He has not had the chance to perform like he did in the semi final match against Germany. 

20:22 Despite leading by one goal, 10 minutes to go in the first half, the Spanish team is still on the offensive, pushing for more goals.

20:20 Casillas saves a nice short from Cassano who shot from outside the 18 yard box. Good play from the Italian.

20:15 Cassano’s close attempt on goal is saved by the Spanish keeper.

20:12 Pique gets first yellow card of the game for fouling Cassalo

20:08 Injured Cheiellini leaps out of the pitch and gives way for another defender, Balzaretti

20:04 After missing a chance to equalize, Italy wins two corners in three minutes.

20:00 GOOOOOOOOAL!!! Spain 1:0 Italy. 14th minute header, after a brief tiki-taka, from David Silva puts Spain ahead of Italy by a lone goal. 

19:57 Spain gets first real chance at scoring. Xavi shoots wide after a nice passing game just outside the 18 yard box.

19:54 Spains gets firt corner kick in the match biut it is poorly executed. Spain still pressing the Italians in their half.

Italy is playing in their traditional blue and white jearsy while Spain is playing in their traditional orange and blue jearsy. Puyol and Divid Villa watching mates play from the stands.

Both team played each other at the group stage earlier in the tournament. That match ended in a 1-1 draw. Spain has never beaten Italy before in full 90 minutes of play.

19:47 Kick off

19:43 Italian players sing national anthem in high spirit. They are followed by the Spanish national anthem.

19:40 The players file out of dressing room, into the pitch, passing the giant cup on their way.

19:30 Opening ceremony starts proper with a colourful calistenics display. Flags of all the teams that participated appears on the pitch but the giant flags of Spain and Italy dominate the center of the pitch.

An estimated 250 million viewers will be watching the EURO 2012 finals. If you are not watching, do not worry, we will bring you every bit of the match.

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19:07 Spain will start Cesc Fabregas as a ‘false nine’ ahead of Fernando Torres for the final of Euro 2012 against Italy in Kiev. Vicente Del Bosque, Spain coach, opted for the Barcelona midfielder in place of the Chelsea man, to play alongside David Silva and Andres Iniesta in the front three. 

For Italy, they made only one change from the starting eleven that beat Germany in their semi-final. Ignazio Abate recovering from a hamstring injury will replace Federico Balzaretti at the right-back.

Line Up

Spain (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Busquets; Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva

Subs: Valdes, Reina, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Pedro, Torres, Negredo, Mata, Llorente

Italy (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Cassano, Balotelli

Subs: Sirigu, De Sanctis, Ogbonna, Balzaretti, Thiago Motta, Giaccherini, Giovinco, Nocerino, Di Natale, Borini, Diamanti

 

 


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