EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Kiev Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

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Spain

  • David Silva 14'
  • Jordi Alba 41'
  • Fernando Torres 84'
  • Juan Mata 88'

4 - 0

FT

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    That's it then for Euro 2012. Spain are European Champions

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    Spain were simply too good. They cut through Italy with ease.

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    Spain are jubilent as Champions of Europe once more. Italy are gutted. Contrasting emotions.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Spain 4-0 Italy

  • 90'

    Xavi hits it long to Torres who rolls it back across to Ramos. He attempts a cheeky flick, saved easily by Buffon

  • 90'

    One final chance for Spain? Pirlo fouls Arbeloa. Free-kick for Spain.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added-time...

  • 89'

    Spain are now the first team to score four or more in a European Championship final.

  • 88'

    GOAL Spain 4-0 Italy Mata adds a fourth! Fernando Torres makes it, slid through by Busquets. Torres plays the ball inside and Mata rolls the ball home.

  • 87'

    Balotelli is penalised for being offside once more. Spain return to keeping the ball.

  • 86'

    Mata's first appearance at Euro 2012 now. Llorente is yet to figure, though.

  • 86'

    Juan Mata replaces Iniesta

  • 84'

    That was entirely deserved. Italy have been torn apart.

  • 83'

    GOAL Spain 3-0 Italy Torres once more settles a final Too easy for Spain. Xaci slides a perfect pass behind Bonucci and Torres finishes coolly with his first touch.

  • 82'

    Spain now looking to boost that possession count now. The newspapers have their reports written.

  • 81'

    Not much. The ball is hoofed clear by De Rossi. Ten minutes of Italian pain remaining.

  • 80'

    Spain have another corner, what can they do here?

  • 79'

    WHAT A MISS! Pedro misses from six yards, after Iniesta and Alba combine to give him an open shot at goal. Was offside though.

  • 77'

    Ramos tumbles on the left-hand edge of the area. Would be a penalty, except for the fact he tumbled under little pressure. Correctly not given.

  • 76'

    Iniesta has the ball on a string now. Wins a corner this time, but his turn, pass and move was delightful

  • 75'

    Fabregas off; Torres on

  • 74'

    Spain's players all want a piece of the action. Sergio Ramos charges forward, as does his namesake Sergio Busquets.

  • 73'

    At the other end, Fabregas turns down the chance to shoot as he chips a cross towards Iniesta. Headed away.

  • 72'

    Xabi Alonso fouls Mario Balotelli. Italy lose the ball quickly though. This final is dying a slow death.

  • 70'

    Spain in command. This must be so frustrating for the Italians.

  • 69'

    Spain quite happy to go back to Casillas in order to keep the ball. The keeper springs a counter, though, with Pedro almost picking out Cesc at the far-post.

  • 67'

    Spain's full-backs are always the out-ball now. Xavi is tracking Pirlo at all times.

  • 66'

    It is tough to watch. Spain have so much time in possession. Italy, the opposite. Forced into mistakes as soon as they win it back.

  • 64'

    All too open in midfield now. Got to think that's it for Italy's challenge.

  • 63'

    Italy have a free-kick from the left. Whipped in to the back-post by Pirlo towards Bonucci, who tumbles. Free-kick given the other way.

  • 62'

    Back underway...

  • 61'

    Thiago Motta is carried off then. Italy are a man short.

  • 60'

    Thiago Motta has torn his hamstring it seems. Italy may well be down to 10 men...

  • 59'

    All eleven Spain players now play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona

  • 59'

    Pedro replaces the goalscorer Silva

  • 58'

    Taken by Pirlo. Punched away by Casillas though. Play continues, but comes to an abrupt end when Balotelli fires wildly over.

  • 57'

    Chance for Italy to cross from the right. Di Natale fouled by Sergio Ramos. Free-kick.

  • 56'

    Thiago Motta replaces Montolivo

  • 55'

    Now Pirlo looks to lift in a pass to Di Natale, just overhit. Casillas claims.

  • 54'

    That is terrible. Just as Italy look to form an attack, Di Natale is caught yards offside on the right wing. What is he doing?

  • 53'

    Spain continue to dominate possession. Iniesta almost slips Fabregas through this time.

  • 51'

    SAVE In the left channel, Di Natale fires a low shot at goal, but Casillas gets down brilliantly to save. He really has to score there.

  • 51'

    STAT ATTACK Xavi is the first player ever to assist goals in two European Championship finals.

  • 50'

    Wonderful stuff from Spain. Italy are on the ropes at the moment.

  • 49'

    HANDBALL? Pique wins a header from the corner and it is on target, clearly blocked by the raised hand of Bonucci

  • 48'

    Fabregas skips past two in the area and almost slips the ball past Buffon. Lovely skill.

  • 47'

    Cesc has Buffon worried for a moment. The midfielder turned striker gets a snapshot away, not far wide of the post.

  • 46'

    CHANCE Abate crosses delightfully and picks out Di Natale, who heads just over the bar. Difficult, but should hit the target.

  • 46'

    Di Natale for Cassano

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF...

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    Almost time for the second-half then. Is there any hope for Italy?

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    STAT ATTACK No team has lost at Euro 2012 when leading at half-time, 14 wins and three draws.

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    The two goals have come from two outstanding passes. First, Iniesta, second, Xavi.

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    Dale Johnson's STAT: No team has ever led the Euro Final by 2 goals and lost. Italy has never come back from a 2-goal deficit at the Euros to win or draw.

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    Too good from the Spanish, who have twice torn Italy to shreds. Italy have had their moments, but carrying little threat in attack.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Spain 2-0 Italy

  • 45'

    One minute added-time...

  • 45'

    Silva has the opportunity to shoot again from the edge of the box, straight at Buffon this time.

  • 44'

    Barzagli cynically stops Iniesta as Spain rush forward on the counter. Knew exactly what he was doing.

  • 43'

    Montolivo fires at goal from 25 yards for Italia, punched away by Casillas.

  • 42'

    Spain are two goals ahead. Is it all over for Italy before half-time?

  • 41'

    GOAL Spain 2-0 Italy Alba doubles the lead!!! Spain counter quickly and tear through Italy. Xavi slips through the ball to the barnstorming full-back who slots home calmly.

  • 40'

    This from Dale Johnson - Spain have 240 attempted and completed 203 with 84.6% completion. Italy have 203 attempted with 166 completed, 81.8%

  • 39'

    David Silva has his defender squared up at the edge of the box and can attack him on either side. A poor touch loses the ball.

  • 38'

    First glimpse of Balotelli firing at goal. A lovely one-two with Montolivo and Balotelli hammers over from 30 yards.

  • 37'

    Italy pushing forward again and they force Jordi Alba into a terrible pass to concede a throw-in.

  • 36'

    Italy have had 53% possession so far. The lowest total Spain have had this tournament so far.

  • 35'

    Spain playing the ball in and around the Italian box, but not able to get a shot away. Offside eventually given against Silva.

  • 34'

    Italy at times are over anxious to break quickly, as too many passes go astray. De Rossi at fault this time.

  • 33'

    Spain back in possession, but they are being chased down at every opportunity.

  • 32'

    Casillas forced into a good save. Cassano drives low from 20 yards, palmed away well.

  • 31'

    Abate is in behind Jordi Alba again, Pirlo's lofted pass is overhit, though. Goal-kick.

  • 30'

    Italy have had the best of the quarter of an hour since the goal. Retaining the ball again now.

  • 29'

    Doesn't work, though. Xavi is dispossessed in midfield and the ball is spread to Cassano on the left. Cassano drives infield and shoots, straight at Casillas through Pique's legs.

  • 28'

    Spain trying to quash this Italian resistance by keeping the ball.

  • 27'

    EXCELLENT KEEPING! Casillas just extends a glove to stop Balzaretti's cross reaching Balotelli at the far post.

  • 26'

    Pique for slicing through Cassano. Poor tackle.

  • 25'

    Silva heads at goal

  • 24'

    De Rossi frees Abate on the right, but his cross is too far for everybody. Silva clears.

  • 23'

    STAT: In 31 previous games at the European Championships, Italy have never scored more than two goals in a single match.

  • 22'

    Immediately Balzaretti thinks that he has won a corner, but it is signalled a goal-kick. He was unlucky to miss out on this tournament.

  • 21'

    Balzaretti replaces Chiellini

  • 20'

    Chiellini is having trouble at left-back. Spain are exploiting that channel and now it seems that he may be feeling the hamstring that kept him out against England.

  • 19'

    Good response from Italy since the goal. Pique this time steals the ball from Cassano.

  • 18'

    Another corner from the left, this time punched away by Casillas. Abate wastes the chance to put the ball back into the area.

  • 17'

    Another Pirlo corner, this time from the right, causes problems. Barzagli heads onwards and Ramos flicks the ball behind.

  • 16'

    Pirlo's free-kick hits the wall and runs for a corner. Swung in from the left and Casillas just gets a hand on the ball.

  • 15'

    Immediate chance to hit back with a free-kick for Italy. Balotelli tripped by Arbeloa.

  • 14'

    GOAL Spain 1-0 Italy Silva strikes first!!! - Absolutely nothing Italy can do about that. Xavi, to Iniesta, fine through ball to Fabregas, crossed to Silva who heads home.

  • 12'

    Possession back with Spain...

  • 11'

    Montolivo goes flying to ground under pressure from Ramos. Referee waves play-on, then brins the game to a halt to allow treatment.

  • 10'

    CLOSE Spain work the ball towards the box and have a couple of shots easily blocked, the ball eventually falls kindly for Xavi, though, and he shoots narrowly over from 20 yards.

  • 9'

    Spain continue to play the ball around. They aren't making it past half-way though.

  • 8'

    Spain enjoying a long spell of possession. Italy hassling and harrying.

  • 7'

    Spain play in Jordi Alba on the left-flank. He chips into the box, but there is noone there. It almost reaches David Silva beyond the far-post, but Chiellini plays the ball out for a corner. Cleared.

  • 6'

    At the other end, Ramos fires a free-kick from 35 yards well over the bar.

  • 5'

    Little signs of tension between Ramos and Balotelli. Ramos clatters the Italian this time.

  • 4'

    The ball was neatly played by Spain towards the Italy box, Marchisio, though, was in quickly.

  • 3'

    Roars from the crowd as Sergio Ramos is clattered by Balotelli. Play continues though.

  • 2'

    Pirlo mishits a shot! Cassano bundles through several challenges and the ball bounces out to Pirlo, but fired well wide.

  • 1'

    Iniesta looks to create an early chance for Fabregas to run at the defence, well read by Bonucci.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF!

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    Snapshot of the closing ceremony, which has just been completed

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    Festivities completed and it's time for the main event. Espana v Italia (or Spain v Italy) live from Kiev.

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    Inspired vocals from Buffon once more. He is as close to tone-death as you will find.

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    It's anthem time now. Italy's to be sung first, with gusto, Spain's of course is without words.

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    Here they come!!!

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    This is a bit farcical... Players waiting in tunnel, still, for ceremony to conclude

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    The teams are in the tunnel, waiting for the end of the ceremony. Pirlo looking very relaxed. Others, a bit more intense.

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    The ceremony is well underway, meaning we are getting closer and closer to kick-off. The tension is mounting in Kiev.

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    Could this be the final where a new world superstar is born. Mario Balotelli has threatened to burst onto the big time for 2-3 years, now after a brilliant performance in the semi-final, he has a massive opportunity.

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    Almost time for the closing ceremony. Join Dale Johnson for the live blog here

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    Interesting stat from @DaleJohnsonESPN: Just three of Italy's side tonight played in continental club competitions this season.

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    We are forty minutes from kick-off now. Modern greats Spain against traditional giants Italy. Both teams have a chance to write another chapter in their nations' great histories.

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    One change apiece then. Spain bring back Fabregas for Negredo, whilt Abate replaces Balzaretti for Italy.

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    italy: Buffon; Abate, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Pirlo, Marchisio, De Rossi, Montolivo; Balotelli, Cassano.

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    SPAIN: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva; Fabregas.

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    Final preparations are taking place at the Olympic Stadium

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    While Soccernet's Jon Carter previews the final here and looks at the key battles ahead here

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    Richard Jolly takes a tactical glance at the two sides ahead of the big match - Read

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    Ahead of the final, Miguel Delaney takes a look at the 'Pass Masters' - Read

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    Tonight in the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Spain will take on Italy in the final of Euro 2012. Will Spain win a third major tournament in succession, or will Italy deny them that honour?

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Spain

  • 14(9)

  • 19

  • 17

  • 52%

    48%

  • Italy

  • 11(6)

  • 18

  • 10

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Italy
14(9) Shots (on goal) 11(6)
17 Fouls 10
3 Corner kicks 3
3 Offsides 3
52% Time of Possession 48%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 2