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Tuesday 5 May 2015

Euro 2012 final: Spain re-write the history books with win over Italy

Spain's players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev
Spain's players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev
Spain's Fernando Torres holds up the trophy at the end of during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Spain's Fernando Torres, left, scores his side's third goal past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, right, during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Italy's Thiago Motta is carried off the pitch on a stretcher during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Italy's Mario Balotelli walks head-down during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
An Italian fan reacts at the Circus Maximus in Rome, during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Italy and Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Spanish fans celebrate during the viewing of Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A Spain supporter cheers for his team ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Italy's Andrea Pirlo reacts after Spain's Jordi Alba scored the second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his side's second goal as Italy's Leonardo Bonucci kicks the ball in anger during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Italy's Leonardo Bonucci, left, ans Spain's Cesc Fabregas, right, challenge for the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli gestures during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
An Italian fan looks on at the Circus Maximus in Rome, prior to the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Italy and Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Spain's players players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spain's Juan Mata, left, and teammate Fernando Torres celebrate the fourth goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Spain won the match 4-0. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon walks off the pitch at the end of the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon walks off the pitch at the end of the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Spanish players celebrate after winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Spanish players celebrate their side's fourth goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spanish players celebrate after winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Spanish players celebrate their third goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spanish players celebrate winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Spain's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Spain's Jordi Alba, second left, scores his side's second goal past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, right during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Italy's Mario Balotelli greets officials in the audience after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and teammate Jordi Alba pose with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Italian players stand dejected after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Spain's Xabi Alonso holds up the trophy at the end of during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
The Spanish team celebrates winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Spain's Cesc Fabregas holds the trophy at the end of the the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev
Spanish players celebrate with the trophy after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Itlay was leading 2-0 at halftime. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Germany fans (L) and one Italian fan react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Germany fan shows his dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react as the clock ticks down at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react as the clock ticks down at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Itlay was leading 2-0 at halftime. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans reacts while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: (L-R) Giorgio Chiellini of Italy's mother, father and brother Claudio Chiellini look on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Mario Balotelli of Italy signs autographs for fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Germany fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wearing the colors of the German flag atttend the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Fans of Germany enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A German fan soaks up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A German fan holds up a sign saying 'Goodbye Spaghetti, long live the schnitzel' ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Spanish fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: A Spanish fan watches on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
A Spanish fan cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Entertainers wave Spanish and Portuguese flags prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Portugal fan shows his support ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans reacts while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: A Spanish fan reacts while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Portugal fan shows his support during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Roman Abramovich looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Spain fans look on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
England fans gather in Kyiv prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympci Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England football fans react watching the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match at the Sports Bar in the Empire Casino at Leicester Square, London
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
Passengers watch the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match in arrivals at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport
Passengers watch the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match after landing in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport
The agony of a penalty shoot-out is clear to see on an England fan's face
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan looks dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: An England fan cries into a St George's Cross flag during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan looks dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans look dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Lukas Podolski of Germany waves to fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Football fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: An Italy fan enjoys the atmopshere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
French fans react after their team lost the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A French fan reacts after his team lost the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
French fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Soccer enthusiasts wave Spanish flags prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A Spain supporter smiles prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: French fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Spanish fans cheer ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: France and Spanish fans enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Spanish fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: A supporter of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A general view of the fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: A supporter of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
A Greek fan watches the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: The German players applaud the fans after victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Greece fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A giant German football shirt is seen in the crowd during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German football association president Wolfgang Niersbach speak during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 22: Greek and German fans watch the EURO 2012 quarter-final match between Germany and Greece at a cafeteria in Athens June 22, 2012. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini and German Chancellor Angela Merkel smile during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
Greek fans cheer before the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans hold up a poster with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on as they enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A German fans shows off his shirt with reference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on as he enjoys the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Germany fans pose infront the Reichstag prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece near a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Greece fans are seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
German soccer fans hold a plastic replica of the Euro 2012 soccer championship cup as they arrive at the stadium for the quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Greece fan wearing a mock ancient Greek helmet cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Football fans soak up the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: Fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Czech Republic fan enjoys the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
A fan walks down the tribune before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Czech Republic and Portugal in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan walks to her seat prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Swedish fans look on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan gives the thumbs up prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A France fan cheers during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan poses prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A football fan wearing the colours of France and Sweden smiles prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A football fan wearing the colours of France and Sweden smiles prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Swedish fans fly the flag prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan cheers prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A young Ukraine fan soaks up the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: An England fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich signs autographs for football fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Spain 4 Italy 0: Spain trampled all over those boring jibes and marched straight into the history books with a magnificent Euro 2012 final victory over Italy in Kiev.

First-half goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba and late efforts from substitutes Fernando Torres and Juan Mata confirmed La Roja as the first team to record three successive major tournament victories, including a World Cup, with the biggest ever win in a European Championship final.

And they did it with the most awesome display of passing power, which made a mockery of all those who had questioned them beforehand.

It was all too much for Mario Balotelli, who marched straight down the tunnel at the end and angrily shrugged away efforts from Italian officials to get him to stay, before returning for the presentation ceremony.

Yet the thing was, Italy were not disgraced and would have held out hopes of a comeback until Cesare Prandelli's final replacement Thiago Motta was stretchered off within four minutes of his arrival, leaving his team-mates to battle through the final half hour with 10 men.

Ultimately though, Spain's display was a fitting end to the best European Championships in almost three decades.

Four players in particular, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and Xavi deserve a special mention after starting all three finals, in Vienna, Johannesburg and now Ukraine.

But, as 'Ole' rang around this magnificent stadium, it was a night to glory in tiki-taka - and the players who put it into practice.

Throughout the tournament, the argument for Spain being a dour outfit had been building.

It dominated the pre-match press conferences and was fuelled still further by Arsene Wenger, who accused the world champions of "betrayed their philosophy" by turning their tiki-taka style into a negative.

After 15 minutes of the most majestic football imaginable, the greatest noise was the sound of all those words being rammed jubilantly down throats.

Coach Vicente del Bosque refused to bow to the demand for a regular centre-forward to be included in his starting line-up and was rewarded with a start the quality of which was on a par with anything this group of players has ever produced.

Ramos had a couple of early efforts, so too Xavi. Andres Iniesta also had a shot blocked before Spain cut their opponents' defence to shreds.

The move was astounding in its simplicity.

Alvaro Arbeloa started it, Xavi was also involved before Iniesta split the Italy defence with a pass Cesc Fabregas was able to cut-back from the by-line.

And who should be there to head home? None other than little David Silva, who had got free at the near post and flicked the ball into the far.

By half-time, Spain had another. Again five passes were involved. This time it went back to front. Iker Casillas, Fabregas and then Alba, who fed Xavi and kept motoring.

What unfolded can only make Barcelona thankful they had agreed to pay Valencia £13million for the full-back before the tournament started. His price would have gone up significantly otherwise.

Xavi has played that straight through ball thousands of times in his illustrious career. The pace on it was perfect. Alba, beyond Italy's back-line, steadied himself before sliding a shot calmly past Gianluigi Buffon.

Under normal circumstances, the half-time statistics would have underlined Spain's superiority.

In fact, they showed Italy had played more passes and secured 53% possession, almost unheard of against this Spain team.

With Casillas not enjoying his most secure evening, the Azzurri would have expected to create something meaningful.

But the bounce of the ball would not go their way.

Casillas got in the way of a thunderous effort from Antonio Cassano and Balotelli fired over.

No-one could accuse Prandelli of lacking guts. Within 11 minutes of the re-start he had used all his substitutes and seen one of them Antonio di Natale bring a decent save out of Casillas after collecting Riccardo Montolivo's pass inside the area.

Unfortunately for Italy, the last replacement, Motta was only on the field for four minutes before he pulled a hamstring and had to be stretchered off.

It was dreadful luck for the Azzurri, who now knew their task was a hopeless one.

All that was left was to stave off humiliation.

Even that was beyond them as substitutes Torres and Mata struck in the final minutes.

Italy didn't deserve that.

Their first competitive defeat to Spain - penalties excepted - since the 1920 Olympics.

Spain, record breakers twice over, now unbeaten in this competition for 29 games, a run that stretches back to June 2004.

History makers. How boring.



European Championship Winners

1960 - USSR

1964 - Spain

1968 - Italy

1972 - West Germany

1976 - Czechoslovakia

1980 - West Germany

1984 - France

1988 - Holland

1992 - Denmark

1996 - Germany

2000 - France

2004 - Greece

2008 - Spain

2012 - Spain



Treble chasers

Spain - the Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 champions - last night became the first team in history to win three major international tournaments in a row, including a World Cup, following their 4-0 victory over Italy in the final of Euro 2012.

Here, we look at other sides that have tried and failed to complete such a feat.

WEST GERMANY (1976 European Championship)

The Germans went into the Euros in Yugoslavia as defending champions and having also won the 1974 World Cup, staged in their own country. For a third successive time they made a final, taking on Czechoslovakia, but after falling 2-0 behind early on and then pulling two goals back to take the game to penalties, they were undone in the shoot-out. They went down 5-3 as Antonin Panenka produced a nerveless chip to win it for the Czechs and set the template for Andrea Pirlo and Sergio Ramos to follow.

ARGENTINA (1994 World Cup)

Argentina had a hat-trick in their sights at the World Cup in the United States having won the 1991 and 1993 Copa America titles, but after suffering the blow of Diego Maradona being sent home for failing a drugs test, the South Americans - having only finished third in their group - were eliminated in the round of 16 with a 3-2 defeat to Romania.

FRANCE (2002 World Cup)

After savouring the glory of winning the 1998 World Cup on home turf and then following it up with the Euro 2000 title, Les Bleus came crashing back down to earth at the tournament in Japan and South Korea, finishing bottom of their group having suffered defeats to Senegal and Denmark either side of a goalless draw with Uruguay.

BRAZIL (2006 World Cup)

It was Brazil who eventually won the World Cup in the Far East and two years later they added a Copa America title, but their hopes of a treble were then dashed in Germany as they cruised to the quarter-finals, only to be beaten 1-0 by the French in the last eight thanks to a goal from Thierry Henry.

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