By Martha Nakimuli
Spain in a Sunday Euro 2012 battle in Kiev, Ukraine defeated Italy with 4-0 becoming the Euro 2012 champions.
Spain’s first goal was scored by David Silva and the other goals were scored by Jordi Alba, Juan Mata, and striker Fernando Torres who also won the championship boot awards 2012 after emerging the top scorer of the year.
Substitute Fernando Torres gave Spain an insurmountable three-goal lead with a strike in the 84th minute to become the first player to score in two European Championship finals.
“The game was ours after the first goal, but the truth is that we played one heck of a game,” Cesc Fabregas who was replaced in the 75th minute by Fernando Torres said.
Italy’s task became tough after the 64th minute when it had only 10 players after midfielder Thiago Motta sustained an injury yet the had run out of substitutes.
Spain has become the first nation to retain soccer’s European Championship title and the only one from the continent to win three three major world titles.