Spain captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has highlighted his side's victory over Italy as the key to winning Euro 2008, a view that is shared by coach Luis Aragones...
They were unbeaten all tournament and have widely been recognised as deserved winners, with the only team they failed to beat in normal time being Italy.
The world champions took the now European champions to extra time and then penalties, where the game was decided courtesy of Casillas' penalty saving heroics (pictured).
“The match against Italy was the toughest and above all the most emotional,” admitted the Real Madrid goalkeeper, with the Azzurri the only team not to concede a goal against the Spanish.
Departing coach Aragones, who believes his country did not do enough to keep him when times were tough, has praised his men, declaring them unbeatable when at peak form and also underlining the importance of overcoming Italy in the quarterfinal as they did.
“When you play like we have during this tournament, there isn’t a side that can stand up to us,” declared Aragones..
“Italy managed to hold us and they were only seen off from the penalty spot – that was a crucial win.”
Fernando Montabon, Goal.com