Spain made history in last night’s Euro 2012 final, becoming the first side to win three successive major international tournaments with a 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev.
Italy were outclassed from start to finish by the Spanish, who opening the scoring as early as the 14th minute through David Silva. Jordi Alba’s surging run was spotted by Xavi Hernandez and the full-back finished past Buffon in the Italian goal for his side’s second just before half-time.
Italy were forced to play with ten men from as early as the 60th minute when their third and final substitute Thiago Motta pulled up with a hamstring injury minutes after coming on. Spain showed no sign of letting up, though, and Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Juan Mata completed the rout.
Australia’s tour of England got off to a bad start over the weekend. England won the first one-day international by 15 runs at Lords on Friday and followed it up with victory at the Oval on Sunday.
Ravi Bopara scored 82 from 85 balls after Ian Bell’s 75 to put England within two runs of victory before being run out by Brett Lee. Eoin Morgan finished the job for England to win with more than four overs to spare.
Andy Murray made it into the second week of Wimbledon after a late-night win over Marcos Baghdatis. Murray came though 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-1 on Friday night, finishing at 11.02pm. Murray will play Marin Cilic who beat Sam Querrey in what was the second-longest match in Wimbledon history.
Jo Pavey won a silver medal in the final of the 10,000m at the European Championships in Helsinki yesterday, behind Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal.
The men’s 4x400m team earnt a silver medal as well, but the 4x100m team suffered embarrassment yet again. Christian Malcolm couldn’t pass the baton to Dwain Chambers within the specified area.
Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson took his first European Tour title, winning the Irish Open at Portrush on Sunday by four shots, shooting 65 in his final round.
The first stage of this year’s Tour de France was won by tour debutant Peter Sagan in a sprint ahead of Fabian Cancellara and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Cancellara maintained the yellow jersey, seven seconds ahead of Bradley Wiggins.