After 30 matches that seemed to all come down to the wire, two teams remain in the Euro 2012 Championship. Fans will not get to see the dream final of Spain and Germany, but Italy’s beatdown of Germany in the semifinals showed that they are a legitimate threat in the championship match.
Spain obviously comes in as the favorites in the finals, especially since they are the #1 team in the world, they’ve won the most recent World Cup and they won the last Euro Championship. They will be looking to become the first nation ever to retain the Henri Delaunay Trophy.
Italy is certainly no slouch when it comes to winning an international soccer tournament. They hoisted the World Cup trophy in 2006 in Germany, and have won the title as a nation four separate times. When it comes to the Euro Championships, the country has only won it once in 1968.
This will be the second time the two teams will play in about three weeks. These two teams were put in Group C, and the teams battled to a 1-1 tie. There will be an outright winner when it is all said and done on Sunday. While it very well could come down to penalty kicks, I think one team will emerge as the winner in regulation.
Spain will have to focus on limiting the Italian offense. Led by Mario Balotelli three goals in the tournament (two against Germany), the team has run right through the knockout stage so far. Spain continues to struggle scoring themselves, but they will without a doubt be primed and ready to make history on Sunday.
With so much on the line, I just don’t see Spain letting this one slip away at the Euro 2012 tournament. Italy is playing slightly better as a team, but this all comes down to matchups. Spain has the big game confidence to succeed, and when it is all said and done, they will hold up the Euro 2012 trophy with a 2-1 victory over Italy.