Spain has won the 2012 European cup after comfortably overcoming Italy 4-0 in the final in Kiev. The win not only means they retain the trophy they won four years ago…it also marks a historic moment for the champions. They become the only team ever to win three back to back major international titles.
Manchester City’s David Silva put them on their way, in an excellent final full of attacking intent…. before defender Jordi Alba galloped onto a precise Xavi pass to slot home the second. In the second half Spain cemented their status as soccer’s global superpower in vintage style, as Chelse’s Fernando Torres made it 3-0, and six minutes from time fellow substitute Juan Mata added the fourth.
Captain Iker Casillas of Spain lifts the trophy after victory during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012.