SUNDAY: Spain rule Europe again

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Spain became the first team to win three major tournaments in succession by crushing Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

First-half goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba put the defending champions in full control before Fernando Torres and Juan Mata came off the bench to complete the rout with strikes in the final 10 minutes.

While it was no stroll in the park, Spain were technically superior in the middle of the park and thoroughly deserved their emphatic victory.

No team has successfully defended the Euro trophy before.

Full analysis in Monday’s Star