Spain takes 2nd straight Euro soccer title
The win was the second championship in a row in the Euro tournament for the Spanish, having won in 2008 in Austria, and in between they won a World Cup in 2010 in South Africa - an incredibly difficult and unprecedented string of success by a national team.
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.
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