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Action from the final of Euro 2012

Spain trounced Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday, retaining its title and extending its reign as the best team in world soccer

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A general view of the Olympic stadium before the start of the Euro 2012 final soccer match between Spain and Italy in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's players pose for a team photo before the start of their Euro 2012 final soccer match against Italy at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Players of team Italy pose for a team photo before the start of their Euro 2012 final soccer match against Spain at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Antonio Cassano (front) controls the ball in front of Spain's Gerard Pique during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Leonardo Bonucci (L) and Andrea Pirlo challenge Spain's David Silva (R) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Gerard Pique (R) looks on as his team mate Sergio Ramos battles for the ball with Italy's Mario Balotelli (L) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Xavi Hernandez (top) is challenged by Italy's Morgan De Sanctis during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (R) heads the ball with Spain's Sergio Ramos during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's David Silva (L) scores a first goal against Italy during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's David Silva (C) scores a goal against Italy during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's David Silva (C) scores a first goal against Italy during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Ignazio Abate, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli, from left, react after Spain's David Silva scored the opening goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's David Silva celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas punches the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Federico Balzaretti jumps for a header with Spain's David Silva during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Xabi Alonso goes for a header with Italy's Claudio Marchisio (R) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon gestures during their Euro 2012 final soccer match against Spain at the Olympic stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Jordi Alba (C) scores a goal against Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (L) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates his goal against Italy during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Jordi Alba (R) celebrates after scoring a goal next to Italy's Daniele De Rossi during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Riccardo Montolivo, left, goes down under a challenges from Spain's Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Jordi Alba (3rdL) celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal against Italy during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Antonio Cassano controls the ball in front of Spain's Gerard Pique during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts as he lies on the ground during their Euro 2012 final soccer match against Spain at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Gianluigi Buffon (2L) saves an attack from Spain's Cesc Fabregas (2R) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Iker Casillas (L) watches as Cesc Fabregas challenges Italy's Daniele De Rossi (R) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Andrea Pirlo takes a free-kick during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Players battle for the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Cesc Fabregas, left, and Italy's Andrea Barzagli go for the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Leonardo Bonucci (L) tackles Spain's Juanfran (2nd L) during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Ignazio Abate (R to L) and Federico Balzaretti, Spain's Cesc Fabregas and David Silva look on as Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reaches for the ball during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas deflects a ball as Italy's Giorgio Chiellini goes for a header during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Daniele De Rossi, Riccardo Montolivo and Giorgio Chiellini react after Spain's Jordi Alba (not pictured) scored a goal during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Mario Balotelli (2L) is challenged by Spain's Sergio Busquets (L), Alvaro Arbeloa and Gerard Pique during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Mario Balotelli, top, is fouled by Spain's Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Italian players Andrea Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo and Leonardo Bonucci, from left, stand dejected after Spain scored the second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Fernando Torres scores his team's third goal against Italy during their Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts during their Euro 2012 final soccer match against Spain at the Olympic stadium in Kiev July 1, 2012.

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Spain's Iker Casillas lifts up the trophy after defeating Italy to win the Euro 2012 final soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012.

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