Spain adored their best until endure at UEFA EURO 2012, a final-record 4-0 achievement in Kyiv commutual an aberrant hat-trick of above clash wins.(UEFA Logo custom T-shirt) Against a abatement Italy ancillary whose blood-tingling knockout advance looked to accept bent up with them, Spain were in ascendancy from the moment David Silva bankrupt the deadlock with a attenuate advance on 14 minutes. A barnstorming additional with half-time abutting from the active Jordi Alba, his aboriginal all-embracing goal, larboard the Azzurri with a abundance to climb.
The afterimage of Thiago Motta, their third substitute, getting agitated off on a stretcher concluded all hope, abrogation Italy to play out the endure 28 account with ten men – and Spain replacements Fernando Torres and Juan Mata absolutely capitalised. This was billed as a affair of abundant artistic minds, of conductors in their prime, of Xavi Hernández adjoin Andrea Pirlo; but for abundant of the aperture stages it was a one-man show. Spain’s No8 best up the billy from the off, in accord with Andrés Iniesta, dictating La Roja’s now accustomed staccato movement as Italy were affected added and deeper. The olés had already amorphous a part of the abundant Spanish accidental in the 63,170 army when, just afore the quarter-hour, the brace accumulated to such adverse effect.
Xavi, who had accursed just over moments earlier, fed Iniesta and his cautiously abounding brawl accustomed Cesc Fàbregas to calmly outstrip Giorgio Chiellini on the inside-right channel. There was still affluence to do but how calmly Spain fabricated it attending as Fàbregas pulled a aciculate brawl aback for Silva, all 170cm of him, to glance his advance in. It accepted a aghast Chiellini’s endure absolute activity as he anon succumbed to the thigh botheration that has bedfast him throughout his time in Poland and Ukraine. A heavy-legged Italy could ill allow the bifold blow, but impressively they fought their way aback into it.
Pirlo, inevitably, was their active force, the assault boom that pulled the strings at the aback and articulate the horn to attack. Not that there was abundant of that. In fact, Pirlo’s a lot of cogent addition of the aboriginal bisected was a superb last-ditch block on Iniesta. Yet try as he ability – and he did try – the 33-year-old could not be everywhere. Spain’s additional was a little too easy, though. Standing on the blow band abreast halfway, Fàbregas headed Iker Casillas’s approval to Alba who angry the brawl into Xavi afore haring forward. The Azzurri aback band did not assume to apprehension but the brainy Xavi did, advancing advanced afore slotting his new FC Barcelona club-mate in.
The composed left-footed accomplishment that followed would accept admiring even David Villa, watching in the stands with Carles Puyol. It seemed annihilation could now abjure Spain a aboriginal aggressive achievement adjoin the Azzurri in 92 years – at atomic over 90 account – but Italy were not done yet. Antonio Di Natale, scorer in the 1-1 draw amid these abandon three weeks ago, came on for Antonio Cassano and aural six account he could accept denticulate twice. His aboriginal chance, a header, was far from simple but the striker could accept done bigger if Riccardo Montolivo’s canyon begin him in space.
He snatched at the chance, though, and the advancing Casillas blocked. Yet Italy’s attenuate hopes of ascent a improvement abolished if Thiago Motta did additionally down the tunnel. It was larboard for Xavi to resume his conducting, slowing things down until, with six account remaining, he upped the bounce for a activation crescendo. Aboriginal he beggared Pirlo in midfield and set up Torres for a ambition to add to his UEFA EURO 2008 showpiece accomplishment – a accomplishment no one has managed afore – again he accumulated with Torres to absolution Mata, just on, to set allowance on an absolute win. It has been an absolute four years