In Pictures: UEFA EURO 2012 final match

The first goal-Spain: Spain’s David Silva (L) plants his head on a 14th-minute cross from Cesc Fàbregas @Getty Images (14th minute)

Jordi Alba (in jersey no. 18) sweeps Spain’s second goal past Gianluigi Buffon four minutes before the break @Getty Images (41st minute)

Italy’s hopes all but evaporate as Thiago Motta (in blue jersey) goes off injured with almost half an hour to play after they had made all their substitutions @Getty Images (63rd minute)

Substitute Fernando Torres (R) bears down on Gianluigi Buffon with six minutes remaining @Getty Images (84th minute)

Fernando Torres (R) slips his finish past the goalkeeper for his third goal of the tournament @Getty Images (84th minute)

Juan Mata (R) taps in Spain’s fourth goal with two minutes remaining to complete the victory @Getty Images (88th minute)

Juan Mata celebrates his goal with Fernando Torres, whose assist ensured he picked up the golden boot @Getty Images

Spain players run from the substitutes’ bench to celebrate their victory on the final whistle @Getty Images

Cesare Prandelli (Italy’s coach) consoles his Italy players after the contest @Getty Images

Iker Casillas of Spain lifts the trophy surrounded by his delighted team-mates @Getty Images

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