Spain Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Final: Spain Drop Down Several Gears

This is the Spainiest thing. They were absolutely dominant against Italy for the first fifteen minutes, scored a fantastic goal at high pace, showed the world that they can indeed play high-paced tiki-taka football when their opponents came after them... and since then they've down approximately nothing useful.

They're giving the ball away in midfield (and even defence), they're slowing things down on the attack, and they're generally looking nothing like the side that started the game. Spain get called boring sometimes, but maybe they're just exceptionally nice: Vicente del Bosque knows his team is so much better than everyone else it's unfair, so he makes sure they only do what's absolutely necessary to win and nothing more. He probably got angry when they scored twice against France.

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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