” Certainly the best in the world and maybe the best ever. Definitely not boring. Spain opened a fresh debate on its place in world football history after sweeping to a majestic 4-0 victory over Italy in the European Championship,” CBS News reported.
In the final match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine Spain quickly took control in the first half, with goals in the 14th minute from a header by David Silva, and in the 41st minute from Jordi Alba.
In the second half, Italy used the last of their three substitutions, putting Antonio Di Nattale and Thiago Motta into the game. Thiago Motta injured his hamstring shortly after entering the match, and had to leave the pitch, forcing Italy to play with ten men for the remainder of the match.
Spain’s goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas was there at the end to lift the trophy. After Euro 2008 in Vienna and the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, Casillas and Spain completed an unprecedented hat trick for a European nation.
“To win three titles is almost impossible. Congratulations to the players,” said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who followed Luis Aragones as coach after Euro 2008.
” The victory was the most comprehensive in a European Championship final, beating West Germany’s 3-0 win over the Soviet Union in 1972″, analytic-es said.
Possession was kept with endless back-and-forth passes to deny opponents the ball and stifle games, not win them, the detractors said. But Spain answered by playing their best.
“This was a great European Championship for us,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “Really the only regret is that we didn’t have a few extra days to recuperate.