TORRES AND MATA EURO CHAMPIONS FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY
There was a wonderful end to Euro 2012 for Fernando Torres and Juan Mata who both scored in a 4-0 win over Italy in the final.
The Chelsea pair had to settle for a place on the bench at the start of the match in Kiev and watched on as their colleagues scored twice before the break. Torres was introduced with quarter of an hour remaining and slotted a fine goal to make it 3-0 shortly after and then with five minutes remaining, Mata was given his first action of tournament. Three minutes later he completed the scoring when Torres squared the ball to him.
Torres's goal was his third in Euro 2012, making him joint top scorer and his assist means he wins the competition's golden boot.
Spain saved their best form of the three weeks for the final and went ahead with 14 minutes gone when David Silva headed in a Cesc Fabregas cross. Vicente Del Bosque again decided not to start with a recognised centre-forward. Left-back Jordi Alba broke forward to make it 2-0 five minutes before the break.
Italy managed four shots on target in the game including some good efforts but couldn't beat Iker Casillas and they were also unfortunate with injury, losing two players during the match, including Thiago Motto only minutes after he had become their third substitute used.
Spain therefore played the final half-hour against 10 men and took advantage when Torres was picked out by a Xavi pass on 84 minutes. The finish was first-time and low to Gianluigi Buffon's left. Another sharp move on 88 minutes sent Torres away down the left and he picked out Mata in the centre to sweep the ball home.
The result was the biggest win in a final of this competition and completes a unique hat-trick of major tournament wins for Spain.
Congratulations Fernando and Juan!