The Spanish armada continues to reign the world of football as Spain became the first side to win three major tournaments in a row following an emphatic 4-0 triumph over Italy in the final of Euro 2012 at Kiev. Both giants came into the game unbeaten in the tournament and like the earlier 1-1 draw in the group stage, the game began as an even contest in the 1st half. But Spain were clinical at vital moments as David Silva provided the opener 13 minutes in with a well-placed header before Jordi Alba capped off an impressive campaign with a superb finish on the back of a quick counter.
The tide turned against the Azzurri in the 2nd half when final substitute Thiago Motta picked up an injury minutes after coming on, thus leaving the team to play with 10-men for the last half hour. Fernando Torres got the only goal at the 2008 final and he provided the coup de grace this time around as he added the 3rd with six minutes to go before setting up Juan Mata for the 4th minutes later. The Spaniards made further history as they became the first team to successfully defend the Henri Delaunay trophy, in the process taking their count to 3 European crowns. Meanwhile, the Italians will rue their bad luck on the big night but even the most ardent Azzurri fan will concede that they were 2nd best to the relentless Spanish team.