Del Bosque: Second goal was key to Spain's Euro 2012 triumph

The former Real Madrid coach declared that the Jordi Alba's strike effectively won his side the tournament as it damaged the morale of the Italy team.
Vicente Del Bosque has stated his belief that Spain's second goal made the difference in the 4-0 win over Italy, and ultimately clinched the Euro 2012 title.

The 61-year-old led La Roja to their third consecutive international title with an emphatic win over the Azzurri and he insisted that there was no looking back after Jordi Alba had put his side two goals to the good.

"They have given a huge effort. Our first goal damaged them [Italy], then the second was definitive," Del Bosque told Telecinco. "We had a lot of respect for Italy. They have been a tough rival, but we went ahead, maturing in the game."

The Spain coach's tactics had come in for criticism throughout the tournament but he stuck to his guns by choosing not to field a recognized striker while choosing Cesc Fabregas as a false nine and he was adamant it was the right decision.

"I did what I thought was best, and nothing else," he said. "I dedicate it to Spanish football and my family, especially. This is for everyone."

Spain won the tournament without the team's all-time record scorer David Villa and talismanic defender Carles Puyol but Del Bosque insisted they will be present to join in the celebrations.

"I've seen Puyol and Villa and told them to go out and celebrate, they are part of this," he went on. "They have been very important."

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