Spain makes history at the UEFA European Championship in Kiev's Olympic Stadium, as they have officially retained the championship with a 4-0 victory against Italy.
Goals from Manchester City winger David Silva and newly-signed FC Barcelona defender Jordi Alba in the first half proved to be enough for La Roja, with late goals from the Chelsea duo of Fernando Torres and Juan Mata adding on to the final score.
The Italians started off on the wrong foot, as they had to make an early substitution with Giorgio Chiellini suffering a thigh injury in the 21', an injury that has plagued the Juventus defender all tournament long, even missed a game due to it. What made matters worse for Cesare Prandelli's men was that they played most of the second half with ten men, as their final substitute Thiago Motta of French side Paris Saint-Germain himself got injured just a few minutes after entering the match to replace Riccardo Montolivo in the 57'.
Spain opened the scoring in the 14', with Cesc Fabregas with the nice pass for David Silva to head home. With the lead, the crew of Vicente del Bosque hammered on the advantage, netting themselves a second goal thanks to a sensational run from Jordi Alba, with an assist from Ballon D'Or finalist Xavi to his soon-to-be club teammate.
Prandelli made an effort to adjust during halftime, inserting Antonio Di Natale into the line-up for Antonio Cassano. The Udinese striker had scored for the Azzuri during their group stage matchup and had chances to score early in the second half. But the injury to Motta proved to be too much to bear, as the Spaniards hammered their unintentional man advantage, as substitutes Torres scored in the 84', followed by Mata four minutes later.
With the win, they are the first team to pull off winning three consecutive major tournaments, with the Euro championships sandwiching the World Cup title that had been won at Soccer City. They became the first team to score four goals in the European final.
Photo credit to the National Post.