Spain vs. Italy: European Under-21 Championship Final Live Score, Recap
European U-21 Championship Final
Spain 4-2 Italy
Spain lifted the U-21 European Championship trophy in style on Tuesday afternoon, beating Italy 4-2 in an enthralling game.
Thiago Alcantara scored a 37-minute hat-trick in the first half as la Roja dominated, and the sides went into the break with the score at 3-1—Ciro Immobile the sole scorer in blue.
Spain controlled the tempo of the second half and secured a fourth, killer goal in the form of an Isco penalty after good work from Martin Montoya. Fabio Borini's late wonder strike proved only a consolation effort.
Spain were the clear and deserved winners, and the best team throughout the competition.
Spain 4-2 Italy
Dominant win for la Roja!
...and we have some pitch invaders!
90+3'—Spain just killing this one with good pressing and harassing whilst off the ball. Italy look defeated.
FOUR ADDED MINUTES
Koke off, Camacho on.
Oh, the luxuries this Spain side boast!
84'—Regini sees the lights...fires wrong-footed at goal from 18 yards, miles over!
81'—That's an excellent strike from Borini, and the Italians think the comeback is on. Spain respond with several minutes of possession to kill the enthusiasm. Superb.
More on the goal
Better from Italy and it's rewarded with a goal!
Good buildup play outside the box, Borini receives it 22 yards out and he fires it into the bottom corner!
GOAL! Borini scores!
72'—Unbelievable football from Spain. They dance around the edge of the box torturing the Italian defence. Bardi blocks Morata's shot in the end.
Tello off, Muniain on.
67'—Morata bursts forward but Italy fell him. Bar the assist, it hasn't happened for him in the final at all. Still time.
Isco hits home, no Thiago this time.
Bottom right, coolly hit.
Monotya steams forward and draws a challenge in the area from Regini. Stonewall.
PENALTY FOR SPAIN!
60'—Italy have changed shape to try and gain the upper hand, but it's Tello who is presented with the next chance. He's a menace breaking down the right, Regini stuggling with him.
Saponara ON, Florenzi off
Immobile off, Gabbiadini ON!
53'—Tello breaks down the right and centres for Isco, but the Malaga star fires wide!
Italy pushing forward, that is going to happen pretty often.
50'—Italy looking lively, busy going forward but Spain doing a great job of controlling the tempo of the game. They're just so difficult to play against!
Florenzi fires over from 15 yards after good work on the right.
47'—Thiago shoots from 20 yards and Bardi parries the effort. Four, Thiago? Really?
45'—Kick off! Second half underway!
HT: Spain 3-1 Italy
42'—Italy trying to find "meaningful possession," but failing. The gulf in quality is getting clearer.
THIAGO SCORES!—37-MINUTE HAT-TRICK!
Donati makes a clean challenge on Tello in the box but the referee incorrectly awards a penalty.
Thiago takes it and smashes it down the middle!
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