Written by Silas Kibet Kemboi
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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 scooped the title after thrashing Italy a respectable 4-0 in the finals of the tournament, played on Sunday 1 July 2012 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
David Silva came through in the 14th minute to apply a close-range headed finish to Cesc Fàbregas' clipped pull-back, to give Spain an early lead.
Jordi Alba came through in the 41st minute to double Spain's lead, registering his first senior international goal.
The full-back had received a perfect through pass from Xavi Hernández and easily slotted the ball past the oncoming keeper.
The teams went into the half time break with Spain two goals on top.
Pedro Rodríguez almost made it 3-0 for Spain in the 51st minute, following a short corner he drags a shot wide of the left post.
Six minutes to the sphere of full time, Fernando Torres timed his run flawlessly, latching onto the through ball and slotting it past Italian Keeper and Captain Gianluigi Buffon, inside the right post.
This was his second goal in as many Euro finals.
When it appeared that Spain could not cause more damage, Juan Mata added a fourth to hand Spain a record third major title, in a row, after the World Cup and European Championships.
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