UEFA Euro 2012: Spain Beats Italy 4-0 in European Championship Final

Spain won its third straight major soccer title Sunday, beating Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final.

David Silva and Jordi Alba scored first-half goals, and Fernando Torres and Juan Mata added two more in the second half as the Spanish passing game worked its magic against the Italians at the Olympic Stadium.

The victory in an excellent final full of attacking intent meant they become the first team to win back-to-back European Championships – either side of their maiden World Cup triumph in 2010.

Spain attacked from the start and went ahead after 14 minutes with a David Silva header and doubled the lead four minutes before halftime when left back Jordi Alba galloped past a frozen Italian defence onto a precise Xavi pass before planting a confident shot beyond Gianluigi Buffon.

Italy’s slim hopes of a comeback disappeared when third substitute Thiago Motta pulled a hamstring, leaving his side down to 10 men for the final half-hour. Fernando Torres became the first player to score in two Euro finals when he made it 3-0 six minutes from time and fellow substitute Juan Mata added the fourth.

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