Spain vs. Italy: Scoring the Key Duels in Euro 2012 Final

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Spain vs. Italy: Scoring the Key Duels in Euro 2012 Final
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Great teams just win. Sometimes their methods are criticized, sometimes they don't do it in the best way, but true winners always find ways to win.

Spain heard the criticism of their play in the quarterfinals and semifinals; all the pundits who labeled their incredible tiki-taka style as boring and tired after all these years.

Against a weary and overmatched Italy side, La Roja resoundingly silenced their critics and made history as the first team every to win three major tournaments in a row. And they played their best game of the tournament in doing so.

Going into the match, we knew that there would be a few key matchups that would decide the outcome, and Spain won them in style. Let's break down how the best national team ever assembled booked its place in football lore.

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