In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
I don't think it's much of a surprise to see Spain winning the UEFA Euro 2012. We all should've seen it coming honestly. I know Petey and I did. Hehe..
Spain cruised through in the final winning a satisfactory 4-0 victory against the Azzurri with goals from David Silva ('14), Jordi Alba ('41), Fernando Torres ('84) and Juan Mata ('88).
Italy did play well as Iker Casillas had to do some saves but the Spaniards were the better team. David Silva headed home the 1st goal after Andres Iniesta found Cesc Fabregas who crossed the ball. Jordi Alba showed his composure by scoring Spain's 2nd after Xavi slid the ball to his path with a good through-pass.
By half-time, everything seemed a bit bleak for the Azzurri even though they covered more ground and had 53% possession over the ball. Thing's couldn't get any worse right??
11 minutes after the restart, Italian manager, Cesare Prandelli used all his subs. One of them being Antonio di Natale forced out a save from Casillas after receiving a pass from Riccardo Montolivo. Italy's luck were looking worse when their last replacement, Thiago Motta, had to be carried off on a stretcher after pulling a hamstring. He only played for 4 minutes. DAAAAAMN.
Since the Azzurri used all their subs, they had to play with 10 men. In the last 10 minutes, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scored the 3rd and 4th and sealed the win.
Mario Balotelli marched straight for tunnel and angrily shrugged off Italian officials who told him to stay. Evantually, he returned for the presentation ceremony.
Spain is now the first team to win 3 major tournaments in a row. The Euro 2008 in Austria, World Cup in South Africa and now, Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine.
Congrats, Espanyol!! XD
See you guys on the flip side!!
P.S : I didn't watch the match actually. Got this all from the internet. Including the picts :-P