Spain, the greatest ever? La Roja’s retain the European Championship after an awesome assault on the Azzurri

Spain 4 – Italy 0 (Euro 2012 Final, July 1, 2012) (Alternative highlights, more highlights & longer highlights.) La Roja struck first in the 13th minute as David Silva planted home a header from a Fabregas’ pin-point cross. Five minutes from the break Spain doubled their lead as Alba picked up the ball on the pass, passed to Xavi and then turned on the afterburners to breach the Italian defence, and Jordi Alba collected the 1-2 before scoring his 1st goal for his country. The Azzurri had a great chance in the 50th, but Iker Casillas smothered Antonio Di Natale’s point-blank shot. Italy’s match fell apart when Tiago Motta – their 3rd sub – was instantly withdrawn with a snapped hamstring, and seven minutes from time the 10-men fell 3-behind as Fernando Torres found the net. In the 88th minute it was 4-0 as Torres found Juan Mata in the box, and the Chelsea man score with his first contribution throughout the whole of Euro 2012.

Spain lift the Henri Delaunay trophy. (Longer highlights.)

Post-match interviews: Cesc Fabregas & Gerard Pique (English).

Gif: A fan attacks Xavi as Spain celebrate winning Euro 2012

Gif: Cesc Fabregas crosses, David Silva heads home (Spain) v Italy

GIF: Jordi Alba’s terrific run & finish (Spain) v Italy

Gif: Iker Casillas (Spain) makes a top save to deny Antonio Di Natalte (Italy)

Gif: A fan attacks Xavi as Spain celebrate winning Euro 2012.

Alan Shearer puts Spain success down to “an unbelievable amount of sex”.

Post Match Gifs: Fernando Torres chases children & Andrea Pirlo’s teary red eyes.

Mario Balotelli storms off after Spain defeat.

All 4 Spanish goals Euro 2012 final goals v Italy in 3D.

Inside the Spain dressing room after Italy final win: Prince Felipe congratulates the players.

Fernando Torres celebrates with his children post Spain 4 – Italy 0.

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