Spain vs. Italy Live: David Silva's Header Gives Spaniards Early Edge

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 1, 2012

KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01:  Jordi Alba (R) of Spain celebrates with team-mates Sergio Ramos (C) and David Silva after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Spain is halfway to defending their title at Euro 2012. David Silva's header has given his team the 1-0 lead over the Italy. Spain has extended that lead to 2-0 after a goal by Jordi Alba.

The Italians defense has been remarkable throughout the tournament, but Silva and Alba were able to penetrate their armor. 

Check out the header from Silva that was the matches' first tally:

It was amazingly placed and now Italy is reeling.

Italy had only allowed three goals in Euro 2012 coming into this match, and on the strength of that end of the field, and some timely scoring they have reached the final. What has gone unnoticed by some is the great defense Spain has played.

Not only have the Spaniards scored the second-most goals in the tournament with eight, but they've allowed the fewest with one.

That level of play has continued as Spain has shut Italy out.

So far, this simulation conducted on FIFA 12 has been spot-on for the last four of Euro 2012:

Considering Spain's defense through the previous matches of the tournament, and through the first-half of this match, the chances that Italy can recover are slight—if not impossible.

Scoring an early goal in the second-half will be key for Italy. Making a dent in the two-goal lead will be key for the team's psyche. Against Spain, it will be far easier said than done.


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