They left no doubt. There are no caveats, no ifs, no contingencies; Spain is the best team in Euro 2012, and they drove that point home with force today vs. Italy. Their 4-0 thrashing of Azzurri was perhaps their best performance of the tournament.
They were sound in every facet.
All tournament long, Italy's defense had been the primary reason for their success. They had only allowed three goals throughout the tournament. Spain nearly lit the Italians up for that total in the first half.
They gashed Italy's solid defense for two first-half goals and the assault was on.
The first goal was this brilliant header from David Silva. Check it out here:
It was an encouraging beginning for Spain, but they weren't satisfied with that.
Just before the half, Jordi Alba added Spain's second goal. In the second half, Spain put in two more goals for good measure, but the most underrated aspect of Spain's team took over.
Spain's attackers get tons of attention—and rightfully so, but their defense has been even more stellar. They allowed the least amount of goals to their opponents throughout the tournament, with one.
They continued this stingy defense by shutting out Italy today.
It seems this FIFA' 12 simulation was spot-on with it's depiction of the semifinals and finals at Euro 2012:
Italy was game and they deserve credit for their improbable run to the final. Not many people gave them a shot to defeat Germany in the semifinal, myself included.
But today they came up against a team that was not only more talented—they were also sharp and motivated. That, football fans, is a recipe for dominance.
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