Spain vs. Italy Video: Watch David Silva Goal Give Spain Euro 2012 Final Lead

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 1, 2012

Classic Spain. 

After David Silva's goal gave La Roja the 1-0 lead against Italy in the 14th minute of the Euro 2012 final, a few words immediately came to mind. 

Brilliant. Beautiful. Unstoppable. Most of all, classic.  

The Spaniards dominated possession for the first 10 minutes of the game, and it appeared the question of them scoring wasn't "if," but "when."

Sure enough, just a few seconds later came one of the best goals of the tournament, which you can see above. 

The buildup exemplified exactly what Spanish football is all about.

After kicking it around in the midfield, Andres Iniesta put Cesc Fabregas through on a beautiful through ball. Fabregas took a touch near the endline before cutting the ball into the middle of the box.

Like a magnet, the ball perfectly found David Silva's head, and from that position, Gianluigi Buffon had no chance. 

1-0 Spain. 

Much of the criticism regarding Spain coming into this game, and really this tournament in general, was the lack of a striker.

La Roja can control the ball for 60 or 70 percent of the game, yes, but without a true No. 9, they've struggled at times to put the ball in the back of the net.

Of course, when you have five all-world midfielders who can create a chance like the one above, things get a little easier. 

Italy still has plenty of time to work its way back into this huge match, but as long Spain continues to be "Classic Spain," the Azzurri will be in trouble. 

 

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