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    Spain clobbers Italy to rule Euro2012

    Jul 1, 2012

    WORLD and continental champion Spain asserted its supremacy, displaying superb technical football in dismantling Italy, 4-0, and ruling Euro2012.

    La Roja controlled the midfield throughout, and the wonderful passing translated into creative goals that overwhelmed the Azzurri on Monday, Manila time, registering two goals either side of the match to retain the European title for their third-consecutive major crown after the 2008 Euros and the 2010 World Cup.

    Vicente del Bosque again sent an eleven that looked odd but at the same time pretty, Cesc Fabregas reprising his role as false nine and proving it was effective, pulling off a result vastly different from the 1-1 draw between La Roja and Azzurri in the group stage.

    Without a natural striker, Spain looked to have an oversized midfield that had little chance for forceful attacks but allowed Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta to orchestrate the fluid offense.

    David Silva scored first, heading in a Fabregas pass just 14 minutes into the game at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine.

    Xavi Hernandez set up the second, hitting a through ball to Jordi Alba who sent it past Gianluigi Buffon’s goal after 41 minutes.

    Substitute Fernando Torres hit a goal just nine minutes after being sent in, scoring on a Xavi assist in the 84th, before setting up Juan Mata for the final dagger just four minutes later.

    On the other end, Italy had some good chances but Iker Casillas dealt well with them each time, including an Antonio Cassano strike past two defenders and several corner kicks.

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    Casillas set a record, becoming the first player to win 100 games for his country, while del Bosque also put his name in the books by becoming the first manager to win World Cup, Euro, and Champions League.

    Torres, who started just once in five matches, still won the Golden Boot with three goals and an assist.

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