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Euro 2012 - How the tournament unfolded

Spain became the first side to win three tournaments in a row with a 4-0 victory against Italy in the final. Here's how the tournament unfolded:


08 June: Group A:  Poland 1-1 Greece | Russia 4-1 Czech Rep

09 June: Group B:  Netherlands 0-1 Denmark | Germany 1-0 Portugal

10 June: Group C:  Spain 1-1 Italy | Rep of Ireland 1-3 Croatia

11 June: Group D:  France 1-1 England | Ukraine 2-1 Sweden

12 June: Group A:  Greece 1-2 Czech Rep | Poland 1-1 Russia

13 June: Group B:  Denmark 2-3 Portugal | Netherlands 1-2 Germany

14 June: Group C:  Italy 1-1 Croatia | Spain 4-0 Rep of Ireland

15 June: Group D:  Ukraine 0-2 France | Sweden 2-3 England

16 June: Group A:  Czech Rep 1-0 Poland | Greece 1-0 Russia

17 June: Group B:  Denmark 1-2 Germany | Portugal 2-1 Netherlands

18 June: Group C:  Croatia 0-1 Spain | Italy 2-0 Rep of Ireland

19 June: Group D:  England 1-0 Ukraine | Sweden 2-0 France


21 June: Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal

Late Cristiano Ronaldo header sends Portugal into the last four

22 June: Germany 4-2 Greece

Greece were lucky to get two and Germany should have scored more than four as they cruised into the semi-finals

23 June: Spain 2-0 France

France were no match for Spain as Xabi Alonso's double set up a Portugal v Spain semi-final 

24 June: England 0-0 Italy (after extra-time - Italy won 4-2 on penalties)

Italy outplayed England and squandered chances, but eventually edged through in the shoot-out 


Wednesday 27th June

Portugal 0-0 Spain

After extra-time - Spain won 4-2 on penalties

Portugal edged the first half, the two sides had a stand-off in the second half, and Spain were on top in extra-time before Cesc Fabregas converted the winning penalty in the shoot-out to send them into the final.

Thursday 28th June

Germany 1-2 Italy

Mario Balotelli showed his good side with a superb first half double, with Mesut Ozil's stoppage time penalty only a consolation for Germany as Italy earned their place in the final.


Sunday 1st July


Spain were too strong for Italy as goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata secured the biggest margin of victory in a European Championships final.

It was the first time a nation has won three tournaments in a row, and showed the world that great things can be achieved without a striker.

Spain's 4-6-0 formation was always 4-3-3 in reality, it was just that Spain's midfielders are good enough to play up front too.

Andres Iniesta won the player of the tournament award, with 10 Spain players named in UEFA's 23-man team of the tournament.

Torres was the Golden Boot winner. Six strikers scored three goals, but Torres took the award by virtue of having provided one assist and his goals were scored in just 189 minutes of playing time.

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