The sight of Iker Casillas lifting a trophy is beginning to get boring. The sight of Spain playing football at their very best isn’t dull in the slightest. In fact it’s exhilarating.
Italy came into the Euro 2012 final as the slight underdogs with many actually predicting that they might be able to cause an upset. But come the match’s conclusion there was no doubting that this Spanish side is the greatest in Europe at the moment and maybe they’re actually the best ever.
From the opening minute of the match you could see that Spain were at their wonderful best. They were nullifying the efforts of Andrea Pirlo and despite once again not starting with a recognised centre forward they were making the greatest strides in attack.
So it was no surprise when Cesc Fabregas crossed in for David Silva to give the Spaniards a 14th minute lead. And even though Italy upped their performance after conceding, Del Bosque‘s men still seemed to be in control and they scored a second goal through their left back Jordi Alba four minutes before half time.
At the start of the second half, Italy created a few half chances with substitute Antonio Di Natale and Antonio Cassano missing their attempts. However a key moment of the encounter came when midfielder Thiago Motta injured himself, but as Italy had used all of their substitutions they had to now finish the game with 10 men.
Of course, Spain were able to patiently keep the ball and dictate the rhythm of the game, scoring two more goals through Fernando Torres and Juan Mata to confirm their superiority.
So with many critics lambasting this Spanish side for being boring they’ve answered these questions in the best possible fashion. Their movement, passing and performance was to such a high quality that they should now probably be considered one of the greatest football teams ever assembled.