Euro 2012

Spain/Italy - Spain make history as they crush Italy

Defending champions Spain secured an unprecedented third successive major trophy as they beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final on Sunday.

Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba gave the world champions a comfortable advantage as they scored more than once for the first time in the tournament's knockout stages.

Further goals came from substitutes Fernando Torres and Juan Mata - a minute after coming on - in the second-half against an Italy side that had to play the last 30 minutes down to 10 men as they used up all their substitutes.

Thiago Motta's injury in the 61st minute just after coming on as their third replacement left them with 10 men and Torres and Mata rounded off a facile victory.

It is the biggest winning margin in the history of the tournament - beating West Germany's 3-0 win over the Soviet Union in 1972.

Spanish players celebrate during the Euro 2012 football championships final match Spain vs Italy on July 1, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS


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