Late goals seal a memorable victory against injury-hit Italy as Spain land Euro 2012 in style
"Spain were backed at high of 6.611/2 (how?) in the Euro 2012 Tournament Winner market."
Spain wrote their names into the history books with a third consecutive major tournament win following tonight's 4-0 defeat of Italy.
Two goals in either half sent Vicente del Bosque's men to what was an easy win in the end. Injuries to Giorgio Chiellini and Thiago Motta helped Spain to a degree, the latter ensuring Italy played most of the second half with 10 men.
But the Spanish were again wonderful, dominating possession and showing a sharper edge than many had expected. Indeed, there will be no-one labelling them boring after this result, though Italy showed some intent to win, unlike other teams.
Two late goals - the third from Fernando Torres against a tiring Italian defence with Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata notching the fourth - added extra drama to the betting and a gloss to the final score. The 4-0 result was backed at 240.0239/1 in the correct score market while Over 3.5 goals was backed at 13.5. Spain were backed at high of 6.611/2 (how?) in the Euro 2012 Tournament Winner market.
Torres' third goal forced a tie with Mario Balotelli in the Top Goalscorer market, alongside the other four men to have scored three tournament goals. Torres was backed at 55.054/1 to achieve that feat but the market will be settled as a six-way dead heat.
Manchester City's David Silva opened the scoring with a header to beat Gianluigi Buffon on 14 minutes. Italy made it competitive thereafter but Jordi Alba's 41st minute second was a killer.
Those injuries hurt Italy and against a team as good as Spain they didn't stand a chance. Del Bosque's men toyed with their opponents, adding those two late goals to make an eye-catching result of their third big tournament win in a row.
Next up, Brazil 2014, for which they trade at 6.05/1 to win. Who would bet against them?