Spain Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Final: Xavi Shot Goes Just Over

Spain are stepping it up a gear, although they're obviously missing a centre forward. Jordi Alba, who's had a great tournament, is regularly rampaging down the left flank, with Andres Iniesta occupying Ignazio Abate's attention, but when Spain feed him the ball and he crosses, it's generally going un-attacked in the box.

Italy are working very hard on trying to restrict Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and Iniesta, but they're essentially ignoring Xavi, and it looks like the Barcelona man could make them pay. He plays a neat one-two with club teammate Fabregas before racing onto the edge of the box and blasting at Gianluigi Buffon's goal. It flies juuuuust over the crossbar.

Italy will need to improve the way they're picking up the Spanish runs soon or they're going to pay a pretty steep price.

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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