Spain was supposed to be too boring to capture its second consecutive Euro championship this year.
At least, that's what the critics said.
Then the reigning Euro and World Cup champions went on to thrash Italy in the final, 4-0, and prove just how exciting they could be.
Spain had scored a grand total of eight goals in five Euro 2012 matches before the four-goal outburst against the Italians. On the other hand, the Spanish had allowed only one goal during that span (to Italy in their first group stage match).
On Sunday, the Spanish put it all together when it mattered most, shutting out the Italians while scoring the most goals they had scored in a single match since Euro 2012 began.
This is how champions finish, folks.
I admit I was enamored by Germany's play in the beginning. I had the Germans winning the whole thing.
They had scored nine goals in four matches before being ousted by Italy in the semifinals.
But while Germany may have been the best offensive squad of the tournament in the early goings, the side showed against Italy that the defense left a lot to be desired.
The Germans gave up six goals in five matches, despite being matched up against the disappointing Netherlands, underdog Denmark and ho-hum Greece.
Spain proved to be the complete package, and that is why the side won its second straight Euro title.
The side proved that defense does indeed win championships, and you don't have to have a spectacular offense to be a great team. You just have to do what it takes to win the match.
Spain has now won two Euro championships and a world championship in a span of four years, proving to have the best combination of talent, chemistry and coaching in the world.
Everybody else simply isn't exciting enough.
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