In what can easily be termed as the second biggest football final (after the World Cup, of course!) the reigning champions Spain showed the spectators in the stadium and the audience watching on television why they are the best team in the world. They were pitted against Italy, one of the strongest teams in Euro 2012, yet the Spanish side won the match by dominating the opponents as if they were a junior team.
The match was played at Kiev but the amount of support the Spanish team garnered from the crowd, it seemed that the match was being played in Madrid, Barcelona or anywhere in Spain. But even then, no one was expecting that the Spaniards would take the Cup with such a one-sided display of attack and defense. They not only managed to win the match convincingly by scoring as many as 4 goals, they also became the first side ever to score as many goals in a Euro Cup final. They not only dominated the entire match, they managed to dent the confidence of the Italians so badly that when the match ended, their star striker Mario Balotelli had to push the comforting manager away when he came back to sit in the dugout.
What made Spain win the match was a belief in their tactics despite the emergence of Italy as a potential winner. They became the first team ever to win as many as three back-to-back major football titles as well as defend their Euro title successfully, which speaks for itself. The star strikers of Spanish side did the job that was required from them and they managed to outclass their rivals every step of the way during the grand finale. Be it David Silva’s header or new Barcelona recruit Jordi Alba’s field goal in the first half, or Fernando Torres’s two strikes – one for himself and one for Juan Mata – Spain proved to be the better side on the fateful day. However, the main man behind’s the team’s success was theircoach/manager Del Bosque who not only shrugged off the label of being “boring” but gave the word “world-class” a new meaning!
On the other hand, it was one of those days which the Italians would love to forget. They were reckless in the field, seemed disoriented and were the shadow self of the side that downed Germany in the semi final! The match was fast-paced albeit being one-sided. Some criticized Italy for performing below-par but that’s how the game is played – one team can’t win every day. On the whole, the grand finale of Euro 2012 showed the world why football has become the leading sport!