Italy's press on Sunday recognised Spain's historic achievement of winning back-to-back European titles but saluted their players for reaching the final.
"Thanks anyway, Italy," the online edition of la Repubblica said, as the country's dailies acknowledged Spain's superiority in their 4-0 victory.
"Spanish Greats," said the website of the Gazzetta dello sport, adding that Cesare Prandelli's side were no match for "the technical and athletic superiority of the Iberians".
"Italy, the end of a dream," said the Corriere dello sport, pointing out that the national side had effectively "played with 10 men as Thiago Motta was injured (in the 61st minute) and Prandelli had no more changes".
Italian players look dejected after the Euro 2012 football championships final match Spain vs Italy on July 1, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Spain won 4-0. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE