Stat Line Of The Night — 6/28/12 — Mario Balotelli
Stat Line Of The Night — 7/1/12 — Spain
We rarely award “Stat Line of the Night” honors to an entire team. Then again, we rarely see an entire team put forth a performance as great as the one we witnessed from the Spanish men’s national soccer team during their 2012 Euro final against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday.
Anyone expecting a tight game between Italy and Spain on Sunday were disappointed, as Spain received first-half goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba, and followed that up with late second-half goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, en route to the 4-0 blowout victory. It was the first time a team has scored four goals in a European Football Championship Finals, and it was also the largest margin of victory during a Euro Finals.
Those were just a few of the impressive records set by Spain during yesterday’s match, and the tournament as a whole. Some of their others include their 12-game unbeaten streak at European Championship tournament matches, their five consecutive clean sheets in Euro tournament matches, and their 10-straight clean sheets in European Championships and World Cup knockout games. Spain also becomes the first team to successfully defend a European Championship, and they are the first European international team to win three consecutive major tournament titles. These are all remarkably impressive feats, and they earned the Spanish men’s national football team a well-deserved “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, July 1, 2012.