Spain Beat Italy 4-0 To Win European Championship
In a very good, open final Spain got the goals and the win that they deserved.
Italy didn’t try to sit back and defend in numbers against this quality Spanish team like so many others and were made to pay with four quality goals conceded.
While in the end Italy were well beaten Italy shouldn’t feel ashamed of their performance. They gave much to this game as they had to the whole tournament and on another day might have scored a goal or two themselves.
Spain again started without a recognised centre forward but this didn’t seem to hinder them as their passing and possession were creating spaces in the Italian team and some scoring chances weren’t too long in coming.
They had already had a couple of shots before taking the lead in the 14th minute. Some sharp passes pulled the Italian defence out and Fabregas raced goalwards and put in a great cross which David Silva headed into the net.
Italy tried to get back into the game and had a few attacks which Casillas had to deal with and the Spanish defence had to be alert to but Italy suffered another early blow when experienced defender Chiellini had to go off injured replaced by substitute Balzaretti
They maybe thought they could go in and regroup at halftime only 1 goal down but a couple of minutes before that they went 2-0 down. A tremendous defence splitting pass from Xavi set up talented young left back Jordi Alba who raced through to hit a first time shot for his first goal for Spain and the Spanish now had a tremendous half time lead and were playing very well.
The second half started with Di Natale on as a substitute for Cassano and twice in the first few minutes he had chances to pull a goal back for Italy but couldn’t take any. After those early minutes Spain again had a lot of control with plenty of possession and their quality passing really making Italy have to work to try and get the ball back..
Despite trying hard Italys dangermen couldn’t get into the game. The previously impressive Balotelli,MarchisioMontilivo and De Rossi were almost non existent and the fantastic playmaking skills of Andrea Pirlo which had so dominated earlier matches were nowhere to be seen as he struggled to have many touches of the ball.
On 56 minutes Italy made their final substitution as they strived to get back into the game,replacing Montilivo with Motta but disaster struck just a few minutes later when he pulled up injured and had to go off injured. With about half an hour to go against Spain in this dazzling forn it always looked a difficult task to get back into the game and now with only 10 men and noticeably tiring it would surely be impossible.
Spain were still making Italy suffer. Passing the ball freely with great timing and superb angles created all the time. In the last 10 minutes they made them suffer with 2 more goals scored by substitutes Fernando Torres and Juan Mata. The final score of 4-0 seen a deserved win for Spain although maybe with their bad luck with injuries here the scoreline was a little tough on Italy.
But in the end Spain had shown their class and won a second consecutive European Championship and 3rd consecutive major title in all. This win also ties them with Germany with most Euro wins with a total of 3. With his late goal Torres also scored in both Euro wins and is equal top scorer here along with 5 other players on 3 goals. You wonder what might have happened had a he got a lot more game time here.Spain were also to finish as top team scorers with 12 goals from their 6 games.
Also Spain’s great defensive record continues as they conceded just the 1 goal in the tournament which was in the first game to Di Natale of Italy before they came back to draw and have not conceded any goals in the knockout stages of these 3 tournament wins which now stands at a tremendous 10 games.
Now Spain can go away and really celebrate their trophy hat trick. To think just over 4 years ago Spain seemed the great under achievers now they are one of the major football nations of all time.
After 3 will captain Iker Casillas need to lift another trophy in Brazil in 2 years time?