Top five moments of the Euro 2012 final
The people of Ukraine will surely feel disappointment, after watching their nations team fall at the group stage. Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, in its state-of-the-art-arena, held host to arguably the greatest international team football has ever seen.
This experience will leave home supporters with sheer pride and belief that with top quality coaches, a distinct method of playing and not to mention time, they too could produce an equally talented side.
There was plenty of goals, drama, and of course tears in Kiev. These defining moments in the final were the catalysts for the Spanish victory, and of course, the damage inflicted on an over-performing Italian side.
No.5 - David Silva draws first blood
The opening goal: This was La Roja’s vintage, tiki taka football at its best.
Fabregas ploughed himself into familiar territory, latching on to a perfect ball played in by Iniesta on 14 minutes, before crossing the ball in for David Silva to draw first blood for the reigning champions.
No.4 - Connected like two opposing magnets
Xavi’s pass to Jordi Alba Another trademark ball from the Barcelona midfielder set up Spain’s second, killer goal with a pass to Alba’s left foot, which connected like two opposing magnets.
The carefully placed finish, placed more pressure on the Italians, and made it an all too predictable day for the Spanish.
No.3 - Huge setbacks
Italy goes a man down The effects of three games in seven days took its toll for Azzurri when second half substitute, Thiago Motta, who was originally replaced Riccardo Montolivo, suffered a hamstring injury and a huge setback for the finalists.
With Italy using all three of their available substitutes, the remaining 30 minutes of play, and not to mention the uphill battle of avoiding a 2-0 defeat – or worse - was looking near impossible, against an energetic Spanish side.
No.2 - Italy lost the will to chase the ball
A familiar face Once the fourth goal was conceded, the young striker, Mario Balotelli, who has enjoyed such a successful tournament, shaped a figure that had lost the will to chase the ball, or make a tackle.
Indeed he was frustrated with the final result; he vented his rage with an unsavoury shove at an official, which eventually turned to tears after emerging for the trophy ceremony.
No.1 - Torres, the first player to score in two major finals
Despite a lack of goals in his Premier League campaign, striker Fernando Torres (pictured) casually finished off the Italians with Spain’s third goal, as well as an assist for the fourth to his Chelsea team mate, Juan Mata.
Torres helped Spain break the record for the biggest victory margin in a World Cup or Euro final, became the first player to have scored in two major finals, plus bagging himself a certain Golden Boot award.
By Alex Fitzgerald