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Talk about a Euro Futbol Extravaganza! Spain vs. Italy! Italy vs. Spain! The winner becomes champions of the 2012 UEFA Euro Cup. This match pits Spain, winners of the 2008 Euro Cup and 2010 World Cup, against Italy, a squad that persevered and survived against the likes of England and Germany. Italy previous drew against La Roja 1-1 during the Group stages. Spain is no pushover here. This team defeated a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal squad and breezed right through France to get to this final match.
The Spain/Italy match started off scoreless for the first fifteen minutes until Spain forward David Silvas header assisted by Cesc Fabregas gave Spain the 1-0. Things quickly fell apart for the Italians in the 2nd half as a Jordi Alba goal gives Spain a 2-0 lead. By the 55th minute, exhaustion had taken its toll on the Italian squad as injuries began to pile up leading to the team only fielding ten players. Unable to muster much of an offense against La Roja, a Fernando Torres goal put the nail on the coffin for Italy. Adding insult to injury, Torres assist to Chelsea-teammate Juan Matas goal sealing the 4-0 victory in the closing minutes and the Euro Cup Championship. It was a complete domination by Spain, arguably the eras best team and possibly best all-time, and a disastrous, frustrating loss for Italy.
Saint Iker Casillas raised the Euro Cup trophy while Fernando Torres wins the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the tournament. It was an exciting match and the Italians shouldnt feel ashamed for this loss. After the disappointment in the World Cup and the match-fixing scandal, nobody expected this kind of performance from Italy. It revitalizes hope for its national team and their die-hard fans. Spain has cemented its status as the Team to beat for the World Cup 2014.
Do you think they can do it?
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