|Spanish defender Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2012 football championships final match Spain vs Italy on July 1, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.|
KIEV, Ukraine -- Spain trounced Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday, extending its reign as the best team in world football.
Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba in the first half gave Spain a convincing lead. Fernando Torres and fellow substitute Juan Mata added late goals.
Italy was down to 10 men after the 64th minute. The team had used its substitutes when Thiago Motta was taken off due to injury.
The victory lifted Spain to a record third straight major title, after winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
Spain even allowed Italy the majority of first-half possession, yet its trademark quick passing game was lethal when required.
Spain captain Iker Casillas was outstanding in keeping Italy's attack at bay.