Mario Balotelli (L) of Italy and Gerard Pique of Spain battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Mario Balotelli (L) of Italy and Gerard Pique of Spain battle for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1 in Kiev, Ukraine. Michael Steele/Getty Images

Spain destroy Italy in Euro final

SPAIN trounced Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final extending their reign as the best team in world football.

Spain successfully defended their European Championship crown on Sunday as they saw off Italy 4-0 to pick up a record-breaking third consecutive international title.

David Silva rounded off a brilliantly incisive move to edge them in front and the buccaneering Jordi Alba added a second before half-time.

Fernando Torres, four years on from netting the winner against Germany at Euro 2008, stepped off the bench to grab Spain's third, before putting their fourth on a plate for Chelsea team-mate and fellow substitute Juan Mata.

It took just 14 minutes for a Spain side that had been accused of being boring heading into the game to break the deadlock.

 

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