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July 2, 2012 2:45 AM MYT
NSK Olimpijs'kyj — Kyiv (Kiev)
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 63170‎
 
14′ David Silva
 
41′ Jordi Alba
 
 
88′ Juan Mata
 
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Spain 4-0 Italy

La Roja make history to win Euro 2012 with thumping victory thanks to goals from Silva, Alba, Torres and Mata

By Greg Stobart in Kiev

  • Iker Casillas
    825
    60
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Looked a little uncomfortable claiming crosses but the Spain captain's shot-stopping was solid and he produced a vital save to deny Di Natale in the second-half before lifting the trophy.

  • Piqué
    599
    108
    3.50

    Piqué

    The tackle on Cassano that resulted in a booking summed up an aggressive, uncompromising defensive display from the Barcelona man as Spain continued their remarkable defensive record in major tournaments.

  • Sergio Ramos
    667
    87
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Virtually his first involvement was to shove Balotelli to the ground as he produced a solid defensive display and was dominant in the air. Could and should have forced a penalty when Bonucci stopped his header with his arm.

  • Arbeloa
    440
    150
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    An assured display from the right-back, who many felt to be Spain's weak link ahead of the match. Stayed alert when Cassano and Balotelli drifted wide.

  • Jordi Alba
    879
    64
    4.00

    Jordi Alba

    Rounded off a very strong tournament by scoring Spain's second goal in the 41st minute. The new Barcelona left-back was a red blur as he sprinted on to Xavi's pass and calmly slotted his finish past Buffon. Always roaring forward and very comfortable defensively.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    1382
    148
    4.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    The hero in 2010 and Spain's driving force once again in 2012. Delivered a midfield masterclass as he drifted into space, dribbled past challenges and picked perfect passes. That was summed up by his through ball to Fabregas in the build-up to the opener.

  • Xavi
    1216
    95
    4.50

    Xavi

    Saved his best performance of the tournament for when it mattered most. This was Xavi as his best, dictating the tempo of the game in central areas and delivering killer passes to claim two assists, for Jordi Alba and Torres. Could have scored himself and shot over the bar from the edge of the box in the first-half.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    799
    101
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    The Barcelona star's selection in the much-discussed false nine role was vindicated with a classy display. Brilliant run and composure to pick out Silva for the opener and linked up well with his team-mates in a fluid attack.

  • Xabi Alonso
    599
    87
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    The Real Madrid midfielder sat deep in midfield, taking the ball off defenders and starting Spain attacks with snappy, accurate forward passes.

  • Busquets
    544
    158
    3.50

    Busquets

    Neat and tidy on the ball, excellent defensive awareness in a tactical sense and showed his passing ability with a precise ball to Torres in the lead-up to the fourth goal.

  • David Silva
    665
    75
    4.00

    David Silva

    Scored his second goal of the tournament to put Spain ahead in the 14th minute as he turned in a difficult header at full speed following a lung-bursting run. Played nominally on the right but was at his most effective when he was able to use his skill and trickery in more central areas. Replaced by Pedro in the 59th minute.

Substitutions

  • Pedro
    455
    133
    3.00

    Pedro

    Came on for Silva in the 59th minute and caused Italy problems on the counter with his pace and movement.

  • Fernando Torres
    1259
    111
    4.00

    Fernando Torres

    The Chelsea man replaced Fabregas 15 minutes from time and put the result beyond all doubt in the 84th minute as he rolled the ball past Buffon. His movement again caught out the Italy defence as he set up Mata's strike.

  • Juan Mata
    687
    65

    Juan Mata

    Replaced Iniesta in the 87th minute and rounded off the victory a minute later as he turned the ball into an empty net.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    345
    108
    2.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    The Italy captain could do nothing about any of Spain's goals but was commanding when called upon, showing good reactions and solid handling.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    136
    226
    1.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    The Italy left-back had a very difficult 21 minutes before being forced off through injury. Caught out by balls played into space behind him, including for Spain's first goal.

  • Ignazio Abate
    140
    185
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Solid enough defensive performance from the Milan defender for most of the match - but he could not keep pace with Jordi Alba's blistering run for Spain's second goal. Decent attacking threat and delivered one very dangerous cross for Di Natale.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    145
    339
    1.00

    Andrea Barzagli Flop of the Match

    Had a game to forget as he failed to track Spain's movement for their second, third and fourth goals. Had little protection from the midfield in front of him in the latter stages but was very flat-footed.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    112
    190
    2.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Spent much of the game as a free man because of Spain's formation. Made some useful interventions in the penalty area but struggled when Spain midfielders made runs from deep. Very lucky not to concede a penalty in the second-half for a clear handball to block Ramos' header.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    97
    217
    1.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    A very ineffective game from the Juventus man, especially in comparison with his excellent display in previous games. Could not get to grips with Spain's passing in midfield and his use of the ball lacked penetration.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    288
    96
    2.50

    Daniele De Rossi

    Found himself on the ball more than Pirlo and produced an impressive performance, showing quality on the ball in his passing and driving Italy forward.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    148
    181
    1.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Unable to pick the ball up in areas where he could do real damage, which was the frustration because he showed his ability to pick killer passes with a fantastic ball slipped to Di Natale in the second-half. Replaced by Motta in the 56th minute.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    397
    117
    2.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Never stopped looking to get on the ball and play killer passes, but his influence was strangled as Spain denied him time and space.

  • Mario Balotelli
    306
    226
    2.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Worked hard for the team but cut an exasperated figure for much of the second-half. Never had a clear sight on the Spain goal under close attention from Ramos and Pique as he was limited to some wild efforts from long range.

  • Antonio Cassano
    221
    121
    2.50

    Antonio Cassano

    Replaced by Di Natale at half-time after a busy 45 minutes. Tested Casillas twice, with a snapshot from a tight angle and a powerful drive from 25 yards, while he movement towards the left side offered an outlet for his midfielders.

Substitutions

  • Federico Balzaretti
    128
    141
    2.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Came on for the injured Chiellini in the 21st minute having been unlucky to be dropped in the first place. Some no-nonsense defending but easily deceived by Fabregas' skill on more than one occasion.

  • Thiago Motta
    81
    312

    Thiago Motta

    Replaced Montolivo in the 56th minute but five minutes later left the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a hamstring injury.

  • Antonio Di Natale
    134
    193
    2.00

    Antonio Di Natale

    The striker came for Cassano at the start of the second-half and missed two excellent chances to get Italy back in the game, heading over the crossbar and then shooting straight at Casillas when he was one-on-one.

Results
Final
Times In MYT
 
Match News
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 0
Mario Gomez Mario Gomez
Striker
Fiorentina
3 0
Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli
Striker
Milan
3 0
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
3 0