Sunday, 1 July 2012

Euro 2012 Final: FULL TIME: Spain 4-0 Italy

Have we witnessed the crowning of the best ever international football team?
At the very least, Spain circa 2008-12 deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Brazil circa 1970.
Three international tournaments on the spin is unprecedented. And tonight, they looked imperious, saving their best til last and overpowering and outclassing a brave Italian side.
They left it late in the second to ice their cake, Torres and Mata providing the cherries to the delight of hundreds and thousands of Spaniards in the dying minutes, the former the only out and out striker to grace this Spanish team in the final, coming on as a sub late on (is this the death of the traditional front man?)
Credit the Italians, who over-achieved to get his far and who played with ten men for a generous portion of the second half, after a sub went down.
But even sans Villa and Puyol, this Spanish team have proven they can beat anyone in Europe. So surely I'll be tipping them to win World Cup 2014? You'll, we'll, I'll have to wait to find out.

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