A multitude of international landmarks go tumbling after La Roja's emphatic victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final
Spain’s 4-0 triumph over Italy in the Euro 2012 final has seen them shatter a host of individual and team international records.
La Roja’s four-goal victory is the largest ever in a European Championship or World Cup final, while they also become the first side to win three international tournaments in a row.
Sunday’s win also sees them draw level with Germany on three European Championship trophies, having also claimed the crown in 1964 and 2008.
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Spain also racked up a record 12 games unbeaten in the Euros, stretching back to 2008, and 13 members of their squad are also the first group of players to play in and win two Euro finals.
Individual landmarks were surpassed as well, as captain Iker Casillas became the first player to reach 100 international wins, with his 509 minutes without conceding a goal in this year’s European Championship also breaking the longstanding tally of 494 set by Italian keeper Dino Zoff.
Fernando Torres finished as the Golden Boot winner with three goals, and became the first player in history to score in two Euro finals. Both goals were also assisted by Xavi, making the Barcelona midfielder the first to register two final assists.
David Silva’s two goals and three assists sees him directly involved in five goals, more than any other player at the tournament, to round off a hugely impressive collection of records for Spain, who now surely take their place in the pantheon as one of the greatest teams of all time.
And who could forget Vicente del Bosque, who has now won the Champions League (twice), World Cup and European Championship in his career, the only coach ever to do so.