Spain 4-0 Italy Highlights – Euro 2012
Spain seal their place in history as the first side to win three successive major international tournaments with a stunning win over Italy in Kiev.
Watch Euro 2012 final match, Spain Vs Italy highlights here.
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Date: Sunday, 1 July, 2012
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
1-0 David Silva 14′
The only other European Championship meetings were group games in 1980 (a 0-0 draw in Milan), 1988 (a 1-0 win for Italy, courtesy of Gianluca Vialli) and the 1-1 draw earlier at Euro 2012.
Seven of the last 10 matches between Spain and Italy have been 0-0 at half-time.
This will be the fourth time that the European Championship final has provided a rematch of a group match. Greece won both encounters against Portugal in 2004, as did Germany versus the Czech Republic in 1996. The Dutch lost to the USSR in the opening game in 1988 but took revenge with victory in the final.
Spain are unbeaten in 11 European Championship finals matches, a new record. Their last loss in the competition was the 1-0 reverse to Portugal at Euro 2004.
They have kept nine consecutive clean sheets in knockout games at major tournaments.
Iker Casillas has had to deal with just one shot on target in Spain’s two knockout games at Euro 2012 – that was a free-kick from France’s Yohan Cabaye. In total, the Spanish captain has made 12 saves so far – six of them against Italy in the opening game.
Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla could both make their eighth European Championship appearance as a substitute, which would be a new record.
The last time Spain failed to win a match after opening the scoring was on 6 September 2006, when they lost 3-2 away to Northern Ireland in a Euro 2008 qualifier despite Xavi netting first.
Vicente Del Bosque could become only the second coach to win the World Cup and European Championship, after West Germany’s Helmut Schön in 1972 and 1974
The Azzurri have reached the final of eight World Cups or European Championships.
Italy won their only European Championship in 1968, winning a final replay 2-0 against Yugoslavia at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The first match, held two days earlier, ended 1-1.
The Azzurri also reached the final of Euro 2000, losing 2-1 to France, for whom David Trezeguet scored a golden goal.
Cesare Prandelli’s men have won only two of their last eight games (excluding shoot-outs).
The Italians have been involved in eight goalless draws at European Championship finals – more than any other side.
Uefa statistics show Italy have attempted 97 shots (including blocked efforts), more than any other side at Euro 2012.
Spain have won four of seven penalty shoot-outs, including three of their last four.
Italy’s overall record is three wins from eight shoot-outs. They lost their first four but have won three of the subsequent four (beating Netherlands in 2000, France in 2006 and England in 2010, but losing to Spain in 2008).
There have been 37 shoot-outs at European Championships or World Cups, with 361 spot-kicks taken, 270 of them successful (a 74.8% conversion rate).
Historically, shoot-outs involve an average of 10 kicks (9.8) – however, recent contests have been briefer. Only one of the last 10 at World Cups and European Championships has seen at least 10 penalties taken.