Spain Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Final: Italy Push, Spain Reply

Italy have been pressing forward more than expected in the early stages of the match, but confusion between Antonio Cassano and Riccardo Montolivo sees the striker tackle his own midfielder and lets Spain push up. David Silva goes on a merry romp through the defence before Claudio Marchisio can clean up an Andres Iniesta-bound pass. That was fairly dangerous. The Spain attack fizzles out, however, when Alvaro Arbeloa randomly elects to run straight into Giorgio Chiellini.

Shortly thereafter we get a Daniele di Rossi special. The Roma midfielder, not known for a calm temperament, wipes out Xavi in the middle of the pitch, giving Spain a reasonably dangerous free kick. Not that you'd have known that, considering Sergio Ramos' effort, which whizzed well over Gianluigi Buffon's crossbar. Still 0-0.

We have live coverage of the match in our Spain vs. Italy, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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